Bill Pascrell for Congress raised $323,494.57 in the second fundraising quarter and has $1,315,286.70 cash on hand as of June 30, according to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8).
A veteran former City of Paterson mayor, Pascrell heads into congressional redistricting this year with the allies of Gov. Chris Christie intent on making his life difficult.
Along with U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), Pascrell was a persistent and aggressive critic of Christie’s during the 2009 gubernatorial campaign.
The congressman repeatedly called into question then-U.S. Attorney Christie’s use of deferred prosecution agreements for big business and his decision to award a no-bid $52 million federal monitoring contract to former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Democratic Party sources say the presence on the redistricting commission of former Pascrell chief of staff Ed Farmer speaks well of the congressman’s political survival skills.