TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the second straight year, New Jersey's powerful teachers union has topped the list of lobbyist spending by special interest groups.

The New Jersey Education Association spent $11.3 million in 2011 — more than any other single group ever, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. Verizon, which came in second to the NJEA, spent $1.2 million and the AFL-CIO spent $794,000.

State election records show that $10.8 million of the NJEA total went toward advertisements in 2011, shattering the NJEA's record of $6.6 million in communication spending in 2010. Much of the advertising was anti-Gov. Chris Christie and his education proposals.

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