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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Pascrell warchest at $1.4 million

By David Wildstein, January 31 2021 2:56 pm

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) has $1,404,384 cash-on-hand, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The 13-term congressman reported raising $11,951 between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.   Pascrell raised $1,595,446 in 2020.

Pascrell was re-elected by a 66%-32% margin in 2020 over Republican Air Force veteran Billy Prempeh.  He won the Democratic primary last year by an 80%-17% margin over progressive Zina Spezakis.

Spezakis, a clean air investor, raised $697,377 for her primary bid, including $304,766 from her personal funds.

A former Paterson mayor, assemblyman and Passaic County Democratic Chairman, Pascrell was first elected to Congress in 1996, unseated a freshman Republican incumbent by a narrow 51%-48% margin.

Following the death of Rep. John R. Lewis (R-Georgia) last summer, Pascrell became the chairman of the House Ways and Mean Oversight Subcommittee.

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