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

Pallone warchest passes $3.1 million

Energy & Commerce Committee chairman has two Democratic primary opponents

By David Wildstein, April 15 2020 9:15 pm

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), the chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, has $3,174,744 in his campaign warchest as he seeks re-election to a 17th term in New Jersey’s 6th district.

Pallone raised $229,858 during the first quarter of 2020 and has brought in $2,127,532 so far this cycle.  He’s also carrying a $26,813 debt.

The Monmouth County Democrat faces primary challenges from Russ Cirincione and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh.

So far, Pallone has no Republican challenger after both candidates, Christian Onuoha and Sammy Gindi, were tossed from the ballot after a judge found neither had enough valid signatures on their petitions to qualify.

Both GOP contenders say they will run as write-in candidates.

Pallone first went to Congress in 1988 when he won a special election to fill the seat vacated after Rep. James J. Howard (D-Spring Lake Heights) died of a heart attack at age 60.

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