Gov. Jon Corzine has raised $24.1 million and spent $23.6 million on the general election campaign so far, according to 11-day pre-election reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Of Corzine's total raised, $22.6 million is from his own pocket.
Republican gubernatorial Christopher Christie has maxed out on matching funds, raising a total of $11.7 million and spending $8.8 million, while independent Christopher Daggett has raised $1.3 million and spent $1.2 million.
Christie has the most cash on hand, at $3.6 million. That sum will not grow, however, since Christie is bound by a cap on campaign funds that Corzine, who does not participate in the public financing program, is not. Daggett has $292,495 on hand and Corzine has $412,410.
The totals do not include heavy spending by outside groups or money raised or spent by the candidates after October 20.
Combined, the three major candidates have raised 15% less and spent 23% less than Corzine and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester did four years ago.
"The financial activity reported by the candidates follows the same pattern displayed in the 29-day pre-election reports, which also showed a decrease in receipts and expenditures," said ELEC Executive Director Jeff Brindle.
The nine other candidates for governor have raised a total of $44,802 and have spent $26,305.
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