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Democrat Dennis Shulman, the rabbi aiming to take out GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in N.J.’s 5th District, has issued a release heralding the fact that he raised about $190,000 in the last three months of 2007 and has about $173,000 on hand entering 2008. Garrett had $332,116 on hand as of September 30, 2007 (we’ll put in a call for an updated figure).

Here’s the statement from the Shulman campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 14, 2008 Contact: Jeff Hauser (201) 767-8162

Democratic Candidate for Congress Dennis Shulman Raises Nearly $200,000 in 2007 Support for Shulman for Congress continues to grow

Demarest, NJ – The thirst for real leadership for Northern New Jersey that drove Dennis Shulman to run for Congress in New Jersey’s fifth congressional led to an outpouring of financial support, with the Shulman for Congress campaign announcing nearly $190,000 in contributions in its first three and a half months.

“The enthusiasm from all corners of the district is resounding,” said Shulman. “And we’re just getting started.”

“I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the enthusiasm for change here in New Jersey,” Shulman continued. “Our campaign is still fresh, but we are committed to bringing this district the kind of sensible leadership that the people are thirsting for.”

Shulman has roughly $173,000 cash on hand entering 2008.

Jeff Hauser, campaign manager said, “This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting congressional races in the country. Supporters from throughout the district, New Jersey and Americans across the country are getting behind Dennis’ call for a change in direction and are signing up to be part of the campaign. We look forward to an exciting dialogue about the state of the country and how we can make New Jersey a better place for hardworking families.”

Background information:

• $189,220 raised in roughly 3 months, and
• $172,673 on hand.

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An ordained rabbi and blind since childhood, Dr. Dennis Shulman has gained international recognition for his 30 years of work as a psychologist. He has lived in New Jersey’s Fifth District for more than 25 years with his wife, Dr. Pamela Tropper, an obstetrician. They have two adult daughters.

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