Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has defeated Republican challenger Brent Sonnek-Schmelz in New Jersey’s 6th District.
Pallone will return for his 16th term representing the district that includes Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
Sonnek-Schmelz is an Ivy League-educated attorney and sports retail executive from Atlantic Highlands.
Federal records show Pallone spent about $1.2 million in the campaign while his opponent spent about $46,000.
Pallone cites the Zadroga Act, which gave Sept. 11 first-responders medical coverage, as a top legislative achievement.