Spending in last month’s New Jersey state elections was at an all-time high in a record driven by independent interest groups. Total spending was $124 million, according to a preliminary report made public Thursday. Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic challenger Barbara Buono together spent $21 million. But independent groups poured nearly $41 million into races across the state, by far a record. A ballot question on minimum wage attracted $3 million, the third largest in state history.
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