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Mehta struggling to raise money for shot at Pallone seat

Kiley has 7-1 cash advantage over Mehta in NJ-6 GOP primary

By David Wildstein, April 18 2022 12:01 am

Rik Mehta has just $27,436 cash-on-hand as he seeks to score an off-the-line victory in the Republican primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th district.

The 2020 GOP nominee for U.S. Senate raised only $26,966 during the first three months of 2022 and $150,791 total Most of that came from a $70,000 personal loan he made to his own campaign; $20,000 of the loan came in Q1 of 2022.

The front-runner for the chance to take on Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) is Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley.  She raised $204,975 during the first quarter of the year, including a $100,000 personal loan, and has $201,361 in her campaign account.

Kiley also has the organization lines in Monmouth and Middlesex counties after defeating Mehta at party conventions.

A third candidate, former Republican National Committee staffer Thomas Toomey, raised $28,991 over the last three months and has burned through most of the $106,512 he raised for his runs for Congress – first against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the 11th district, and since December, for his race against Pallone.   He has $33,506 cash-on-hand.

Pallone, the chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, has $4,084,329 cash-on-hand after raising $446,438 during the first quarter of this year.  He was first elected to the House in a 1988 special election following the death of Rep. James Howard (D-Spring Lake Heights).

Mehta is also carrying a $300,000 debt, most of it from his race against Cory Booker two years ago.

Gregg Mele, the 2021 Libertarian candidate for governor who was tossed off the ballot by an administrative law judge last week, did not file any reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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