As climate change rises to top of Democratic agenda, New Jersey’s Frank Pallone gains a front-row seat

Frank Pallone

JONATHAN TAMARI / PHILLY.COM – Frank Pallone has waited a long time for this moment.

The Democratic congressman from the Jersey Shore passed on a chance to seize a Senate vacancy in 2002. He tried in 2013 but lost a primary race to Sen. Cory Booker. Now, more than 30 years after joining the U.S. House, he has landed one of the chamber’s most powerful positions, leading the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

With a sprawling mandate that ranges from the environment to health care to interstate commerce, the committee handles around 6 in 10 House bills, Pallone said. The post will make the Monmouth County resident one of the region’s most influential Democrats, with the power to shape debates on some of the most contentious issues of the day …

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