Lobbyist spending soared to a record $73 million in 2011 according to Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
The largest spender was New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Most of its $11.3 million spending went to communications. The union, which represents 195,501 active and retired school employees in New Jersey, spent $6.6 million in 2010 on communications. NJEA’s total and communications spending both are new records for annual lobbying outlays by one group.