Patrick Allocco, a former aide to Gov. Tom Kean, has raised $6,100 – almost all of it self-financed — in his bid to succeed Rodney Frelinghuysen in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Allocco has loaned $5,6000 to his campaign for the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s 11th district. He also received a $500 contribution from Lawrence Gorzelnik, a professor from Morristown.
He reports expenditures of $6,701, and a cash-on-hand of $601.
A former concert promoter who was held captive in Angola for nearly two months in 2012, Allocco wants to use audience participation technology to let constituents tell him to vote in Congress.
“You can vote on American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and The Voice, but you can’t vote on taxes, guns, health care and immigration,” said Allocco, a former concert promoter who says he’ll use a reality TV-like system to let the people decide how he’ll represent them.
As a congressman, Allocco says he’ll empower 11th district voters to access bills and resolutions and give them an objective look at the issues from the Republican and Democratic sides.
He says he’ll “check his own ideology and convictions at the door.”