After two runs in the 6th Congressional District, Anna Little has chosen to sit this electoral cycle out. She regressed in 2012 from 2010 in her challenge against Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6). While Little might not be running, Anthony Wilkinson hopes to be the one to unseat Pallone this year.
As Wilkinson has stated,
I believe I am the best candidate to reach out to the different communities of the 6th district, especially during these difficult times when people are losing their jobs and healthcare. I understand the difficulties our families, small business owners, and taxpayers are facing. I see everyday how the extremist policies that Frank Pallone supports are hurting the same constituents for whom he’s supposed to protect. Career politicians like Frank Pallone are too out of touch with everyday people, those like my friends, neighbors, and church members—middle class people struggling to make ends meet. It’s time for a change.
While Wilkinson hopes to defeat Pallone, one Republican wishes a different person was challenging Pallone this year.
State Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) has wondered if Steve Lonegan, who is running in the 3rd Congressional District to fill the vacancy left by retiring Congressman Jon Runyan, might have been better suited to challenge Pallone.
I don’t know the territory down there (CD-3). I wish Steve Lonegan would run against (Congressman Frank) Pallone. Some of the things Pallone has said with respect to Obamacare – that’s where the challenge should be.
Lonegan in 2013 took most of his shots at Pallone during the U.S. Senate special election race before eventually focusing on then Newark Mayor and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). It would have likely provided for interesting debates and exchanges if it was Pallone against Lonegan.
Wilkinson will need to build energy among Republican base voters similar to Little in 2010 or even similarly to some extent how Lonegan would have likely run a campaign in this district if he hopes to make any type of dent against a strong incumbent in Pallone.