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Kiley has big cash advantage over Mehta in NJ-6 GOP primary

Winner will take on Frank Pallone

By David Wildstein, May 26 2022 11:19 pm

In the race to take on 18-term Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Sue Kiley has a 20-1 cash advantage over Rik Mehta in the 6th district Republican primary.

Kiley, a Monmouth County Commissioner, has $189,153 cash-on-hand.  She has raised $234,922, including a $100,000 personal loan and a $29,947 fundraising haul between April 1 and May 18.  She has spent $45,768, 92% of it in the 48-days prior to the May 18 Federal Election Commission report cutoff.

She has the organization lines in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker in 2020, Mehta has $9,621 in his campaign account after repaying himself $20,000 of the $90,000 her loaned his campaign to take on Pallone.  He has spent $169,575 so far, but that includes some expenditures on his earlier bid in the 7th district and his loan repayment.  He brought in $27,908 between April 1, and May 18 and spent $45,722, including the loan repayment.

Mehta is showing a $2,050 expenditure to Murray Nolan Berutti, a Morris County law firm that represented him in a lawsuit last month to force Middlesex County Clerk Nancy Pinkin to hold a ballot draw after she had cancelled it.  The campaign did not report any debt to the firm, even though attorney Ronald Berutti certified in court filings that the cost of his representation was $8,450.

A third candidate, former Republican National Committee staffer Tom Toomey, has $24,838 in his warchest.  He has raised $115,889, some of it during his bid to challenge Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in NJ-11.  Toomey brought in $9,376 between April 1 and May 18.

Pallone, who has no primary opponent, has $4,106,688 cash-on-hand after raising $118,345 between April 1 and May 18.

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