"A major campaign was waged across the state of New Jersey in 2010, even though nobody was up for election.
The state's largest teachers union poured $6.9 million into lobbying efforts, mostly through television and radio advertising, to fend off Gov. Chris Christie's attacks.
Overall, state spending on lobbying activities increased 13.9% to a record $65.6 million as groups from international corporations to local library associations fought for their share of the pie amid sharp budget cuts, according to reports released by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, a state agency that monitors lobbying and campaign finance."
The WSJ has more here.