Gooch will announce that she’s announcing

Millionaire newspaper publisher Diane Gooch will announce next week that she will announce her candidacy for Congress next month, setting up an expensive race in the sixth district with twelve-term U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).  Gooch is the owner of the Two River Times in Red Bank and is married to Michael Gooch, the CEO of the New York-based brokerage firm GFI group who is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  She is expected to self-finance her race against Pallone, the chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and has $4 million in his campaign war chest.

With Gooch in the race, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean Twp.), who had mulled a House bid at the request of top GOP leaders, will bow out. Gooch will announce that she’s announcing