Corzine top donor to most NJ county Dem. groups

October 6, 2009 7:01:02 AM PDT
Gov. Jon Corzine is the top donor to 20 of New Jersey's top Democratic county committees, making him the dominant player in a donation system he has criticized.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reported in Tuesday's newspapers that Corzine has given more than $1.4 million to the Democratic committees since he took office in 2006.

The county funds are often used to contribute to campaigns around the state, a practice known as "wheeling." It allows the funds to give more than the $2,600 per candidate limit for individual campaign contributions.

Corzine campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith says there's nothing wrong with the governor supporting his party.

He is seeking re-election in November against Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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