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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Take note of the date of the special election. Its prior to the general election. He didnt have to set the special election to be different from the general. One thought line is that by having the special election on a different date it will lower voter turnout in the general election.

    Christie is doing whats best for Christie, not neccessarily whats best for New Jersey.

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    He should appoint Cory Booker.
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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Some are speculating that Christie may appoint Democrat Corey Booker as the interim replacement until the special election. There is good logic to this choice. Any Republican Christie appoints will be defeated in the special election. New Jersey has not voted a Republican to the Senate since 1972. By appointing Booker, Christie will win more black votes in the next gubernatorial election, thus ensuring that the governorship stays in Republican hands.

    But, to be honest, Christie is in a bit of a bind. If he does pick Booker, some Republicans have said that he will be dead to the Republican party. On the other hand, if he picks a Republican, the voters, most of whom are Democratic, may declare war on him, thus threatening his next run for office.

    All in all, and interim appointment non-withstanding, kudos to Christie for letting the will of the voters determine Lautenberg's replacement by holding a special election as soon as possible.

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    I agree with your take with the exception of appointing Booker as an interim, unless Booker categorically swears he will not seek the nomination for the seat in the special election.
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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Ok. Does anyone think that a Democratic governor in Christie's case would even think of doing the same thing? In a scenario where you are in a really red state that has a Democrat governor(like Kentucky or Arkansas).

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Some are speculating that Christie may appoint Democrat Corey Booker as the interim replacement until the special election. There is good logic to this choice. Any Republican Christie appoints will be defeated in the special election. New Jersey has not voted a Republican to the Senate since 1972. By appointing Booker, Christie will win more black votes in the next gubernatorial election, thus ensuring that the governorship stays in Republican hands.

    But, to be honest, Christie is in a bit of a bind. If he does pick Booker, some Republicans have said that he will be dead to the Republican party. On the other hand, if he picks a Republican, the voters, most of whom are Democratic, may declare war on him, thus threatening his next run for office.

    All in all, and interim appointment non-withstanding, kudos to Christie for letting the will of the voters determine Lautenberg's replacement by holding a special election as soon as possible.

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    I like the idea of a quick special election, as such an election serves the interests of NJ's residents. As far as interim appointments go, perhaps Governor Christie will appoint a person who won't seek election e.g., former Governor Kean.

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    I like the idea of a quick special election, as such an election serves the interests of NJ's residents. As far as interim appointments go, perhaps Governor Christie will appoint a person who won't seek election e.g., former Governor Kean.
    Surprised that a liberal would support this(sarc).

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by Drake McHugh View Post
    Surprised that a liberal would support this(sarc).
    Actually, a number of conservatives support this too. By having the special election BEFORE the general election, voter turnout will be down for the general election, which helps Republicans.
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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    I heard today that Christie's high approval ratings were just as high amongst democrats as it is amongst republicans.

    Here is the GOP's golden boy and they aren't smart enough to realize it. Par for the course, I suppose. Oh well, let them put up Rand Paul or Bauchmann or some other rightwing kook. My stocks are doing just fine under the democrats. I suppose if it ain't broke we don't have to fix it.

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by Drake McHugh View Post
    Surprised that a liberal would support this(sarc).
    Several things:

    1. I'm merely introducing the possibility that Governor Christie could appoint someone to hold the seat for a few months who might not seek election. Governor Kean, who is a Republican (not a liberal) and who had a distinguished record during his tenure, is an example of such a choice.

    2. New Jersey's voters will determine who takes office for the remainder of Senator Lautenberg's term in the special election.

    3. The special election will give the winner the kind of "legitimacy" that might otherwise be lost in a partisan appointment.

    Competition is a good thing. Both parties have the same opportunity to choose strong candidates and to make their case. New Jersey's residents will then make their choice.

    What the Governor's critics are really getting at is that they wanted him to thwart what appeared to be the will of New Jersey's voters (at least as reflected in the early polling data). Very early polling showed Mayor Booker as the favorite for the seat, even if Senator Lautenberg had not passed away. Barring an unforeseen stumble, he likely will win. The only difference is that he would gain the seat earlier than would otherwise have been the case had Senator Lautenberg not passed away. In short, the Governor chose not to intervene to impose an outcome that would likely not be attainable at the ballot box. He left the choice of representation to New Jersey's voters. In today's hyperpartisan era, that might be unpopular, but is the choice closest to the ideals of representative government and faith in the electoral process.

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    Re: Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement Read more: http:

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Actually, a number of conservatives support this too. By having the special election BEFORE the general election, voter turnout will be down for the general election, which helps Republicans.
    I don't think it will help Republicans. At all. What would "help"Republicans is giving them a senate seat for a year and a half,building incumbency. No other governor probably in the US would have done what Christie did.

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