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Cross Posted at SaxtonWatch

With many speculating that NJ Congressman Jim Saxton will be facing his toughest and most well-funded challenger in years, one would think that he would be doing everything in his power to raise as much money to defend his seat.  While he still has a large amount of Cash On Hand, he hasn't exactly been shaking down the money tree making record deposits in the bank this cycle...

<th width="110">Filing</th><th width="180">Raised this Quarter</th><th width="111">Raised this Cycle</th>
Apr-03$53,100$59,280
Apr-05$38,265.50$44,065.50
Apr-07$14,896$19,174
Jul-03$122,444$181,724
Jul-05$228,058$272,123
Jul-07$144,568$163,742
Oct-03$190,545$372,269
Oct-05$140,942$413,066
Oct-07$97,085$207,857

Maybe Saxton thinks he already has enough money in the bank and can just relax.  Maybe he doesn't think the challenge and climate he is facing are truly a threat.  Possibly, being a member of the minority with that prospect unlikely to change, he doesn't have the influence he once did and isn't the sound investment he once was.  Or then again, he might be getting ready to surf the GOP retirement wave.  Let's see how other GOP members facing tough re-elections have faired this cycle with their fundraising efforts...

<th width="140">GOP Incumbent</th><th width="110">Raised this Quarter</th><th>Raised this Cycle</th>
Mike Ferguson (NJ-7)$238,362$1,046,319
Robin Hayes (NC-8)$353,236$851,790
Vern Buchanan (Fl-13)$411,844$1,254,533
Mark Kirk (Il-10)$526,065$1,789,499
Jim Saxton (NJ-3)$97,085$207,857
Randy Kuhl (NY-29)$170,244$341,485
Jim Gerlach (Pa-6)$236,936$887,496
Charlie Dent (PA-15)$157,000$566,886
Dave Reichert (WA-8)$306,234$714,034
Chris Shays (CT-4)$360,307$850,145
Jim Walsh (NY-25)$194,145$621,484

So why is Jim Saxton's fundraising down this cycle, given how hard many in a similar situation facing a tough re-election bid are working? Maybe he agrees with us that it's time for a change.

You can help make Saxton's decision irrelevant by supporting his opponent, NJ State Senator John Adler.

You can also visit his new website, Adler for Change.

Originally posted to SaxtonWatch on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 12:11 PM PDT.

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