Russ Cirincione says he has filed nominating petitions with more than 400 signatures to get him on the Democratic primary ballot for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th district.
The progressive attorney is challenging Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), the chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee who is seeking re-election to his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Two other progressive challengers, Zac Roeill and John Hsu, have dropped out of the race. That could leave Cirincione in a one-on-one contest with Pallone, unless someone else files before the 4 PM deadline.
This is Cirincione’s first bid for public office.
Pallone, 68, served as a Long Branch councilman and state senator before winning a 1988 special election for Congress after the longtime incumbent, James Howard (D-Spring Lake Heights) died unexpectedly of a heart attack.
In 2018, Pallone won the Democratic primary with 86% of the vote against Javahn Walker.
Republicans are looking at a two-candidate primary for the chance to take on Pallone.
Monmouth and Middlesex GOP organizations have given their organization line to 27-year-old Christian Onuoha, who defeated Sammy Gindi, 25, at two county conventions. Onuoha has not yet filed his petitions.