ABERDEEN, NJ — The 2022 midterms are looming!
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District (Central Jersey and the Raritan Bayshore) will have a midterm election this year: Congressman Frank Pallone, the Democrat who has long represented this area, will seek re-election. Pallone has represented New Jersey's Sixth District in Washington, D.C. for the past 34 years.
No Democrat will challenge Pallone. However, four Republicans are running in the upcoming June 7 primary.
Whichever Republican wins on June 7 will challenge Pallone in November.
The four Republicans are former Hazlet mayor and current Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley (she is the candidate endorsed by the Middlesex County Republican Party and the Monmouth County Republican Party); lawyer Gregg Mele (he was the 2021 Libertarian Party nominee for NJ governor); Tom Toomey, a millennial who used to work for the Republican National Committee and Rik Mehta, who previously ran for U.S. Senate in New Jersey and lost. He is now trying for Congress.
The primary election is June 7 and the general election will be Nov. 8.
Patch asked all the candidates running the same questionnaire, and here are Toomey's answers:
Name: Thomas Toomey
Campaign website: https://toomeyforcongress.com/
City or town of residence: Aberdeen
Office sought: U.S. House
Party affiliation: Did not answer
Education: I have a bachelor's degree in finance
Occupation: Revenue strategist in emerging technologies for the past eight years
Family: I am one of five children
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? Father is the Aberdeen GOP chairman
Previous public office, appointive or elective: No
Why are you seeking this office? I worked in Washington D.C. and when I was down there I saw how corrupt things were. I felt the need to get involved to ensure the needs of the people are being represented — and not by special interest and organizations that stuff the pockets of politician.
Please complete this statement: The single most pressing issue facing my constituents is ___, and this is what I intend to do about it. Economy. I will fight to cut government spending, which will help with the inflation issue that is hurting so many right now. I will work to bring jobs back to America, especially manufacturing, which will stimulate our economy and also lower the price of goods. And I will work to open the Keystone pipeline, which will lower the cost of gas, which has hurt so many people in NJ 6.
What are the major differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
We need more and more people in office who understand new and emerging technology. In the mid- to late 20th century we had an arms race with Russia and other foreign adversaries. Now we are having a technology race. AI and robotics are a major player in keeping our country safe. Unlike my opponents, I have worked in this technology and understand how it works. I understand how we can use it to stimulate the economy as well as protect us from foreign enemies.
If you are challenging an incumbent, in what way has the current officeholder failed the community?
Frank Pallone believes the Biden administration is doing a great job on the economy. That on top of no real progress in the 30+ years he has been in office I would say he has failed to serve the 6th District, but instead is serving the party elites in Washington
What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign? Education, opioids and our southern border
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
One of the biggest issues in Washington on both sides is people falling into the elites' grip and doing what is best for Washington, not what is best for the people. I went to Washington and came back without bowing to the elites. No one else in this race can say that. In business, I have always stood up for what is best for the organization; I will not do what a business leader says to cover his/her tracks when they mess up. If something is wrong, not only do I call it out, but I work to actually fix the issue. In Washington they sweep things under the rug to cover for one another. I have proven to not do that.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? "If you want something done right, do it yourself" and "Politics is where mediocre people come to make money because they can't do it anywhere else."
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about yourself and your positions? I am not doing this because I want to make money. I make plenty of that in the private sector. I am doing this because when something is wrong, those who have the capability of fixing it have to take responsibility and fix it. Our system is broken and it is time for people who care to step up and fix it in order to preserve our union.
The Sixth District stretches from Carteret and Woodbridge into Edison, New Brunswick and down to Asbury Park. It includes many Raritan Bay towns, including Aberdeen, Matawan, Hazlet, Union Beach, Keansburg, North Middletown and Sea Bright.
For decades, this area was considered a blue-collar district, with most of its residents working in factories. However, as the factories closed, those jobs have been replaced by IT industries, with a surge of new immigrants moving in in the past 20 years, particularly Asian and Indian residents.