Diane Gooch, the Monmouth County Republican Vice Chair and newspaper publisher, will file impressive fundraising numbers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in the first quarter financial report. Having announced her candidacy for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th district on March 18, Gooch raised $272,137.13, while spending only $30,351.01. Gooch has $241,786.12 cash-on-hand as she heads into the second month of her campaign.
The strong fundraising numbers come as Gooch most recently earned the support of the Republican organizations in all four counties that are covered by the district in her bid to unseat 22-year incumbent Frank Pallone.
Gooch described her fundraising efforts as “a balance between tremendous support from the grassroots and a commitment of my own resources to seeing that Frank Pallone finally meets his match. I pledge to match every dollar I raise to ensure we mount the strongest challenge to replace Frank Pallone.”
Pallone maintains the largest war chest of any New Jersey Congressman, with roughly $4 million in his campaign treasury. Over 44% his contributions are from Political Action Committees and Pallone was among the top 3 recipients of money from health care lobbyists this past month.
Gooch campaign manager Tony Sayegh stated, “Frank Pallone is part of the problem in Washington and has lost touch with his constituents. After more than two decades in Congress, it is time to turn the page on Frank Pallone. He no longer is representing the interests of this district. Instead, he has supported Nancy Pelosi 99.2% of the time, hoping that it will get him more clout in the Democratic Party and more money from PACs.”
Gooch received contributions from over 128 individuals, including many from towns stretching across the 6th Congressional District.
The New Jersey 6th Congressional District includes parts of Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union counties.
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