There is no question that Monmouth County Republicans have a huge problem on their hands: Freeholder Anna Little’s possible defection — she has not decided whether she will run for re-election as a Republican, a Democrat, or as an Independent — clearly puts their longtime control of county government in serious jeopardy. Republican margins in Monmouth have been shrinking in recent years, and they would have a hard time handling a defection of GOP voters to Little. Two of the four Republican seats are up in 2007, and the Democrats need to win both to take conrol for the first time in more than twenty years. Many political insiders view Monmouth as a battleground county this year. In addition to control of the Freeholder Board, both parties view the 11th (three open seats), 12th (Democratic Senator Ellen Karcher faces GOP Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck) and 13th legislative districts as potentially competitive.