Cullari: Little Blew It Against Pallone

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini Endorse Cullari in CD-6 Primary

In an interview with Politickernj, the Monmouth County GOP nominee in the primary for the 6th Congressional District, Ernesto Cullari, said that Anna Little,  the 2010 GOP nominee in the 6th district and his primary opponent this year, was focused on herself and not the task at hand, defeating Congressman Frank Pallone, during the 2010 general election,

“What I saw was a candidate unwilling to go after (incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank) Pallone – like the fact that he got his wife a job at the EPA where she works while most people suffer an economic downturn,” Cullari said. “Frank Pallone and a slew of other leaders have been looking out for just themselves. I’ll make that case. I’m not ashamed to make it. 

“What I witnessed in Anna was someone deeply focused on herself instead of the task at hand – namely advancing the small government ideology,” he added. “She missed that opportunity.”

Cullari went on to define himself as the true Tea Party conservative in the primary,

“When Anna was in office she raised debt by 30 percent,” Cullari said. “It’s very hard for me to understand how one can call oneself a conservative when they have a history of raising fees and taxes. You can’t expect to raise government productivity when the weight of government is around your neck. We’ve reached a point where it’s just obvious.”

About his lack of public office holding experience, Cullari said,

“Our founding fathers intended that ordinary men and women would serve their communities, that they wouldn’t go from one elected office to the next,” Cullari said. “Our founding fathers intended that for a time people would leave and serve in Washington and then come home.”

On the economy, jobs and taxes,

“I know many people, friends, who are unemployed and looking for work, and some have been at it for two or three years,” Cullari said. “Something happens to you mentally when you can’t find work for that long. You can become demoralized. I don’t think it’s controversial to say corporations and individuals need tax cuts. We need a corporate tax cut. If we have the most aggressive tax cuts in the world we would have companies repatriate.”

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini each touted Cullari’s stand for smaller government in their endorsements which were released yesterday.

Beck said, “I am proud to endorse Ernesto Cullari for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. Ernesto is a believer in smaller government and lower taxes which will provide a stark contrast with Frank Pallone Jr. this coming November. 

I believe Ernesto’s conservative principles and sense of public service are a great fit for the 6th Congressional District and I look forward to seeing Ernesto Cullari emerge victorious this November.”

Angelini said,

“I am proud to offer my support for Ernesto Cullari in his effort to unseat liberal Democrat,Frank Pallone Jr.

Ernesto is the right person at the right time…whose background gives him the unique skill set to reign in government spending. 

He will fight for our Republican values -smaller government, lower taxes and personal accountability. I am proud to support Ernesto Cullari who will fight for us in Washington – the time is right!”

Little is the Middlesex GOP nominee in the primary.  As of this evening, she has yet to file as a candidate for Congress with the Federal Election Commission.

Posted: May 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Congressional Races, Anna Little, Congress, Elections, Ernesto Cullari, Frank Pallone, Jennifer Beck, Mary Pat Angenlini, Middlesex County Republicans, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

17 Comments on “Cullari: Little Blew It Against Pallone”

  1. Helene said at 7:01 pm on May 16th, 2012:

    Mr. Cullari, which tea party group are you a member of?

  2. Just Saying said at 2:19 am on May 17th, 2012:

    If pro-abortion, gun-grabbing, liberal RINOs like Jenifer Beck and Mary Pat Angelini are endorsing this guy, then I know there is something wrong with him. Run, Anna, run.

  3. Freespeaker1976 said at 9:12 am on May 17th, 2012:

    @Just Saying,

    You have a point there about the endorsements. But then again, Anna has been such a loose cannon. And, in the end; me thinks (sadly) that none of this primary is going to matter with Pallone’s $4 million in the bank.

    Unless we can find a candidate that can raise at least half of that; it is difficult to believe Pallone can be beaten.

  4. Justified Right said at 10:27 am on May 17th, 2012:


    In response to your question, I hope Ernesto’s answer is “none.”

    Tea Party is a political philosophy and is never to evolve into a political party or be governed by a “group.”

    I don’t object to like-minded people coming together to do functions, as some of the these Tea Party groups do, but as a genesis Tea Partier myself, I’ll tell you the moment it becomes organized into a governming group rather than a philosophy, I won’t identify as one any longer.

  5. Just Justified said at 12:41 pm on May 17th, 2012:

    @Justified Right: You are correct (as always). I think some of the tea party people are upset because using the tea party name as a politician. Anna got the slogan but only after the party asked her to use it. They adopted her as their candidate. Just my 2 cents.

    All Ernesto has to say is he is a conservative, that would be good enough. And Yikes he needs to learne something about how local government works if he is going to bluster about it. His last piece really makes him look foolish and ill informed.

  6. Helene said at 6:22 pm on May 17th, 2012:

    Justified Right,

    I was not implying that the tea party was a political party. Mr. Cullari apparently declared himself the true tea party conservative. That statement be it intentional or not, implies he is a tea party candidate, he’s not. Also, are you stating that if someone is a member of a tea party they can not run for office?

  7. Helene Just Doesn't Get It said at 9:10 pm on May 17th, 2012:

    Ernesto is expressing that he is a True Tea Party style Conservative philosophically, as Justified indicated.

    THERE IS NO ACTUAL TEA PARTY Helene, they do not nominate candidates Helene. Quit trying to nail someone to the wall over semantics, please.

  8. Justified Right said at 8:35 am on May 18th, 2012:


    Whose permission does one need to call themselves a “Tea Party Candidate?”

    Tea Party, as I said, is a political philosophy, not a party. I’m a registered Republican, a Libertarian by philosophy, and “Tea Party” as they come regarding spending and taxes.

    Anyone can be a “Tea Party Candidate.” Even a Democrat. In fact, I would love for Democrats who are sincere about reducing spending, taxes and the reach of government to call themselves Tea Party.

    My goal is to persuade.

    These Tea Party groups need to be cautioned about saying someone is not a Tea Party candidate because they didn’t endorse them.

    I didn’t endorse the Tea Party group, and I was Tea Party before the rest of America boiled the water.

  9. Helene said at 2:04 pm on May 18th, 2012:

    “Cullari went on to define himself as the true Tea Party conservative in the primary”
    to the person using my name in their handle, I do not see the word type in the above statement. Also, one who can’t use their own name, why are you so sensitive that my comment caused such a reaction?
    I have not stated nor implied that tea party was a political party.

    to Justified Right, he can call himself anything he wants, it dosen’t make it so. How can anyone tell what his mindset is? All I see from his campaign are attacks on his primary opponent. BTW that is not the mindset of the tea party. There are democrats in the tea party although, none that I know are currently running for office.

  10. Justified Right said at 2:51 pm on May 18th, 2012:


    Can you clarify your position on something? In your view, what has to happen before a person is allowed to call himself a Tea Party candidate?

  11. TeaPartyDem said at 5:35 pm on May 19th, 2012:

    To be a “Tea Party” candidate one should either be an active member of an existing Tea Party group or endorsed by a Tea Party group. This excludes those half dozen or so Tea Party groups in the state (out of over 80) that are GOP shill fronts.
    May 23 Ernesto and Anna have at it face to face, no moderation or interruption, at the Jersey Shore TP meeting.

  12. ArtGallagher said at 6:17 pm on May 19th, 2012:

    To be a “Tea Party” candidate one should either be an active member of an existing Tea Party group or endorsed by a Tea Party group

    Says who?

    May 23 Ernesto and Anna have at it face to face, no moderation or interruption, at the Jersey Shore TP meeting.

    Ernesto would be foolish to make such an appearance before people who have either endorsed Anna or expressed a preference for her. It will not be not a level playing field and it won’t be, no matter how much the organizers protest otherwise.

  13. Helene said at 1:29 pm on May 20th, 2012:

    If Mr. Cullari needs a level playing field maybe he should stay away from politics.

  14. Justified Right said at 10:12 am on May 21st, 2012:


    I have never before seen such a lack of understanding of the Tea Party aesthetic as you just gave.

    You really want the Tea Party to be an exclusionary group with insiders and outsiders?

    Good grief. If this is the thinking of local “Tea Party groups” it is time for real Tea Partiers to disassociate with every one of them.

  15. Jamaica Moan said at 10:39 am on May 21st, 2012:

    My question is, with all this talk of endorsements, which candidate is Alan Moretti (“Monmouth RastaMan”) backing?

  16. anonymous said at 2:31 pm on May 21st, 2012:

    So there are 80 groups in NJ???? How many of them showed up at the APP protest (the one that was cancelled due to lack of interest)????
    How many TP candidates now hold elected office in NJ????? How many seats did you pick up in 2011?? (answer -1).
    lf NJ has such a dynamic TP–why do we have the highest taxes in the US and the highest school taxes in the entire world??
    So, what exactly has the NJ tea partie(s) done??????

  17. Edith T. Nowels said at 9:38 am on May 22nd, 2012:

    May 19th by Art Gallagher said: ‘ a level playing field’ …. Monmouth County Congressional District 6 Residents HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN a ‘level playing field for the June 5th Primary Election..! Art, DOESN’T THIS BOTHER YOU? Folks who have been your friends and neighbors for years!