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.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Tuesday for a special election later this year to decide who will fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, though he did not say whom he might appoint in the interim.
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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