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Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pallone has nearly $4 million in warchest

18-term congressman has 63-1 cash advantage over GOP challenger

By David Wildstein, January 31 2022 11:04 pm

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) has $3,835,658 cash-on-hand as he begins his bid for re-election to a 19th term in the Congress.

Pallone reported raising $362,105 during the fourth quarter of 2021 and has brought in $1,297,1938 so far this cycle.

Four Republicans are seeking the chance to take on Pallone in New Jersey’s 6th district, which includes parts of Middlesex and Monmouth counties: Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley; former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Rik Mehta; former Republican National Committee staffer Thomas Toomey; and Gregg Mele, the 2021 Libertarian candidate for governor.

Mehta, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker in 2020, reported raising $13,035 during the last three months of 2021, and $123,825 so far this cycle.  He loaned himself $50,000 and has $60,965 cash-on-hand.

In February 2021, he announced a challenge to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th district.  He switched to a race against Pallone in the 6th after redistricting and is now a resident of Iselin.

Toomey was also running in another district – he entered the 11th district contest against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in July – but decided to take on Pallone after the new congressional map was approved.

He raised $22,731 during the fourth quarter of last year and has $18,505 in his warchest after raising a total of $77,521.

Kiley did not enter the race until January and doesn’t need to disclose her donors until April.

Mele has not yet filed his fourth quarter report.

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