SOUTH AMBOY — Congressman Frank Pallone visited the city to hit the campaign trail with Democratic candidates for Mayor and City Council over the weekend.
City Council President Fred Henry, Councilmen Michael ‘Mickey’ Gross, Joseph Connors and Don Applegate joined Pallone and Mayor John T. O’Leary in a walking tour of the city.
The Democrats visited voters at their homes in a show of old-fashioned ‘shoe leather’ campaigning. The environmental champion is waging a vigorous campaign to defend his seat against Highlands Mayor Anna
Little, the Tea Party Express activist who won a contested Republican primary in June.
“South Amboy is a battlefield in this election and I am here to rally the Democratic Party,” said Pallone. “We are fighting for real American values
against a very negative and misinformed Republican Party that wants to stop progress.”
A Monmouth University Poll released last week had Pallone up by 12 points over Little in the 6th Congressional District race, with 53% to 41%.
Pallone was among the principal leaders who shepherded President Obama’s historic health reform bill in Congress. He is regarded as the nation’s top environmental lawmaker, a consumer advocate and progressive leader.
Little, 43, upset millionaire Diane Gooch in the June primary, but her campaign to unseat Pallone, a 22-year incumbent, is perhaps too close to the national tea party’s extreme views on many issues, according to most observers.
Little had an ugly falling out with other Republicans while she served on the Monmouth County freeholder board. Her campaign has received reluctant local party backing but she was endorsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“Congressman Pallone’s opponent is talking about privatizing Social Security and these extreme tea party positions are outside the mainstream for New
Jersey,” said Mayor John T. O’Leary. “She wants to repeal Wall Street reforms and the historic health care legislation.“
“She’s on the wrong side of the issues as far as New Jersey is concerned,” O’Leary said.
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