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Rep. Frank Pallone. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Pallone has 176:1 cash advantage in NJ-6 primary bid

Powerful House Energy & Commerce Chairman faces two progressive rivals in June 7 Democratic primary

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 1:03 am

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) has $2,904,234 in his campaign warchest after raising $108,351 between March 1 and June 17.

Fundraising for two progressive Democrats trying to deny Pallone renomination to an 18th term in Congress are far behind.

Russ Cirincione has raised $56,763, including $26,293 since March 1.  He has $16,486 cash-on-hand.  Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, who entered the race late and survived a bid by Cirincione to throw her off the ballot, has raised $18,991 with $9,758 left in her campaign account.

It’s not immediately clear if Republicans will have a candidate in New Jersey’s 6th district after both candidates failed to obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Christian Onuoha, 27, and Sammy Gindi, 25, have both said they are running as write-in candidates.  A candidate must obtain at least 200 write-in votes to be certified as the winner.

The 32-year-old Cirincione, a tenant’s rights attorney, has won the endorsement of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.  The high-point of his campaign, Cirincione announced the Yang endorsement twice, four weeks apart.

Al-Khatahtbeh, 28, is the editor of MuslimGirl.com, an influential online news magazine.

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