Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pallone will run for Senate

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Frank Pallone is planning to run for New Jersey's open U.S. Senate seat, a Democratic source confirmed today.

Pallone will run for Senate

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WASHINGTON -- Congressman Frank Pallone is planning to run for New Jersey's open U.S. Senate seat, a Democratic source confirmed today.

Pallone is unlikely to make a formal announcement immediately as he awaits the Wednesday funeral for Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Pallone, a Democrat from Long Branch, at the shore, has long eyed a senate run but has ducked several opportunties to run. With a special election this year, though, instead of next year, he can now run without the fear of losing the House seat he has long held.

Pallone, with $3.7 million in campaign cash as of his last report, could be one of the top threats to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. A longtime team player, he may also be helped by the August primary, which figures to be dominated by only the most active voters.

Booker has not made a formal announcement, though a spokesman said today,  "For several months now, Mayor Booker has been taking the steps necessary to run, but he will make an official announcement at the appropriate time."

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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