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Candidates in gubernatorial race disclose sources of income

Michael Catalini, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The nearly dozen candidates running to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie get their income through state-funded salaries, dividends, rental properties and small businesses, according to disclosure reports released Monday.

The reports, which are required under state law, come ahead of the June 6 primary when Democrats and Republicans will select their parties' nominee for the November general election to succeed Christie, who is prohibited by law from running for a third term. The 11 candidates must report sources of income to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, but not the amount of their assets.

The Associated Press previously obtained forms of wealthy Democratic front-runner Phil Murphy. He disclosed income from hundreds of investments and promised to form a blind trust if he wins election. He also reported homes in Germany, where he served as ambassador under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, and in Italy. Murphy, who is financing his run in part with a $10 million personal loan, also served as an executive at Goldman Sachs and as the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee.

Bill Brennan, a former Teaneck firefighter and activist, reported an annuity from Teaneck. Democratic candidate Jim Johnson, who has gotten at least $1.2 million in public matching funds, disclosed income from roughly two dozen investments, as well as a salary from the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton, where he was a partner from 2004 until last year.

Democratic State Sen. Ray Lesniak reported earnings from two rental properties, profit sharing at his law firm and dividends from a pair of companies. Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski showed income from his law firm and from various investment funds that he shares with his wife. Wisniewski has received $663,000 in public matching funds.

Democratic Tenafly council member Mark Zinna reported income from a data firm he operates.

Republican front-runner Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has also received about $1.2 million in public matching funds, disclosed earnings from her public salary, which is $141,000. She also disclosed rental income on behalf of her husband at a Sea Bright property.

Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli reported income from a publishing firm he runs and investments in at least 150 firms.

Steve Rogers, a Republican commissioner from Nutley, disclosed income from his pension as a police officer. GOP candidate Joseph "Rudy" Rullo reported income from the landscaping firm he operates, and southern New Jersey Republican engineer Hirsh Singh disclosed income from two firms.