Patrick Allocco, a Morris County concert promoter who was held hostage by the Angolan government for 49 days in 2012, is will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
Allocco, 57, served as a special assistant to Gov. Tom Kean in the 1980’s. He used to play Santa Claus at Kean’s annual holiday party. He also worked on President Reagan’s 1984 presidential campaign, and as New Jersey Co-Finance Chairman of Jack Kemp’s campaign for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
He spent ten years as an advertising executive of Dow Jones, as the CEO of AllGood Entertainment, and as the regional director of the Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group.
Allocco joins Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and hedge fund manager Tony Ghee in the contest for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.