Anna Little, a former Tea Party darling who suddenly forced Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) to fight for re-election in 2010, is now working for Donald Trump’s administration as a federal immigration judge, according to a report from More Monmouth Musings.
Little was hired for the post by the U.S. Department of Justice and was sworn in on Friday as one of nearly 400 immigration judges in the U.S. who can grant citizenship and permanent resident status and also hear removal proceedings for immigrants and their families.
She has been assigned to the San Francisco Immigration Court and will return to New Jersey on weekends, More Monmouth Musings reported.
The 51-year-old Little had an immigration law practice in New Jersey and is fluent in Spanish and other languages.
Little has served on the Highlands borough council from 2002 to 2006, when she won a special election convention for Monmouth County freeholder after Amy Handlin resigned to join the State Assembly. She was elected mayor of Highlands in 2007.
In 2010, Little sought the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th district in a contested primary with organization choice Diane Gooch, a local newspaper publisher who was prepared to self-fund a race against Pallone.
Little beat Gooch by 83 votes, a 50.3%-49.7% margin.
A September Monmouth University poll showed Pallone with a 12-point lead, but by October, the Monmouth Poll showed a 52%-45% race with Pallone leading by just 7 points. The poll gave Little a seven-point lead in the Monmouth County portion of the district, with Pallone by 21 points in Middlesex.
Pallone defeated Little by 16,520 votes, 55%-44%.
In a 2012 rematch, Pallone swamped Little, winning by 67,422 votes (63%-35%).