TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New state data show New Jersey Republicans have raised and spent more than their Democratic counterparts through the end of June.

The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

The Election Law Enforcement Commission said in statement on Friday that the Republican State Committee along with the party's Senate and Assembly organizations raised $1.3 million and spent roughly $1.1 million from January to June.

That compares with their Democratic counterparts who raised about $1.2 million and spent roughly $900,000 in the same period.

The news comes with the Assembly at the top of the ticket in November's election for the first time since 1999.

Experts say few districts will be competitive and Republicans face a challenge in trying to net the nine seats they'll need to win to take the majority from Democrats.

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