By Carolee Adams, NJ President of the Eagle Forum PAC
With 99% of the Districts reporting, New Jersey’s Tea Party darling, Highlands Mayor and former Monmouth County Freeholder, Anna Little, held a razor-thin lead of 63-votes (6725 v. 6662) over her millionaire opponent, publisher Diane Gooch, in the NJ GOP Primary for CD-6. Provisional ballots must also be counted to determine the official result. Due to the close margin, a recount is likely. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Gooch spent $250,000 on her campaign, ten times more than Little.
The event at the Beacon on the Bay in Anna’s hometown was filled to capacity with the grassroots of political success stories: loyal, hardworking, patriotic, dedicated, and very enthusiastic Little supporters. Endorsed by those such as Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum; Americans for Prosperity NJ Director, Steve Lonegan; New Jersey Right to Life; and an impressive number of tea party groups and others, Anna Little is within a hair’s breath of victory because of one primary reason: Anna Little!
In all the election events I’ve attended since the late 1970s, never has an evening concluded with “God Bless America” sung in the beautiful voice of the candidate. That is, not until tonight. It was a fitting finale for this young woman and conservative’s conservative to end her on-the-ground Primary campaign as she ran it: passionately; sincerely; involved; humbly confident; and definitely in the lead of all that occurred. Look to see this down-home American girl traveling to the big city after she defeats the leftwing, 22-year Democratic incumbent, Rep. Frank Pallone, in November. Washington DC: expect a treat!