Politicsnj has an poll asking who the Democrats should run for Congress in the 6th district if Frank Pallone runs for Frank Lautenbergs US Senate seat next year.
Pallone has the largest campaign war chest of any member of congress, with $2.9 million. He has long coveted a Senate seat. It was reported that he was offered the nomination to replace Robert Torricelli in 2002 before Lautenberg came out of retirement. He lobbied hard to get Jon Corzine to appoint him to the seat that Bob Menendez got.
The 6th Congressional District covers almost all of Middlesex County, a large portion of coastal and northern Monmouth, and small parts of Somerset and Union counties. It will be that way at least until the next census, when it is likely that NJ will give up one of its congressional seats to former NJ residents in North Carolina or Florida. Here's a map and list of the towns in the district.
Unless Joe DiBella moves back to Sayreville, the Republican candidates will likely come from Monmouth County.
Who would the Republican contenders be for an open congressional seat in the 6th? Would Steve Corodemus get back in the game? Joe Kryillos? Adam Puharic has been known to whisper that he wants to be a Congressman. Rob Clifton and Bill Barham live in the district, as does Jennifer Beck and John Curley. Sean Kean and Tommy DeSeno do not live in the district. Would either of them move? Would Anna Little run?
This would be a fun race, and it would give the R's a chance to pick up a Congressional seat and a Senate seat.
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