An interview Allen gave over the weekend offered some insights. Allen, a career moderate, more in the mold of liberal Republican former Gov. Christie Whitman and embraced by liberal Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy, quickly morphed into a culture war conservative.
As she talked about immigrants, guns and gays, the new Diane Allen sounded like one of those conservative candidates you hear while driving in the Midwest late at night on a Bible Belt talk show — a disarming, friendly hard-liner.