Mercifully, Save Jerseyans, the Little v. Cullari slap fight in NJ-6 will end tomorrow… one way or the other.
The most interesting part of the contest to challenge Frank Pallone has been the complete dearth of ideological differences between the combatants. Unlike in NJ-7, where the more familiar struggle between moderate Republican incumbent and Tea Party challenger is playing out, the NJ-6 primary has become a popularity contest between two conservatives. Will Little’s superior residual name recognition from 2010 be enough to overcome a spirited new challenger buoyed by a number of her disillusioned (and vocal) former disciples?
Both campaigns have launched cable TV advertisements down the homestretch that have reflected these competing dynamics. Ernesto Cullari’s TV spot an open-fisted strike at Anna Little’s character and credibility as a conservative leader. Little’s new ad (posted below) ignores her adversary completely; it focuses instead on bread-and-butter economics issues like jobs/taxes/spending/debt AND, lest we forget, the ObamaCare law:
Which strategy (or stratagem, depending on your perspective) will ultimately carry the day?
Again, we’ll find out soon enough. Tomorrow.