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

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

    This is one of the more curious political moves as of late. Let's start with the silliness of holding a special state-wide election (at considerable expense) just 20 days before the general election. At first blush, this is as stupid as stupid gets. The political view, however, suggests he intends to use it as a smoke screen to get the Dems to the polls in Oct, with the idea of keeping them home in Nov, with the hopeful result that he gets a few more Reps in the NJ legislature based on low Dem turn-out in Nov.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...2016-strategy/

    When asked about the cost of the special election, Christie commented that the '...cost doesn't matter...'

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755883/n...02204#52102204
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybens...ision-n1612866


    Talk about a statement that will come back to haunt him in a future election..... unless, which seems more likely to me than ever, that there will be no future election than Governor of New Jersey.
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    Is such a short-term appointment so damning to him? Would the voters really hold it against their republican governor to appoint a republican to this temporary post?

    Could he not appoint an independent if he's so concerned about partisanship? I don't know if this election would be necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Republic Now! View Post
    Is such a short-term appointment so damning to him? Would the voters really hold it against their republican governor to appoint a republican to this temporary post?

    Could he not appoint an independent if he's so concerned about partisanship? I don't know if this election would be necessary.
    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an independent. Senators pretty much need to pick a party with which to caucus; which will lead to the definition of the Senate appointee as either Republican or Democrat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an independent. Senators pretty much need to pick a party with which to caucus; which will lead to the definition of the Senate appointee as either Republican or Democrat.
    You mean for committee assignments?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Republic Now! View Post
    You mean for committee assignments?
    Yes...

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    Anyone dumb enough to be upset by a republican appointing a republican wasn't ever going to vote for christie, as governor or as president.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Republic Now! View Post
    Is such a short-term appointment so damning to him? Would the voters really hold it against their republican governor to appoint a republican to this temporary post?

    Could he not appoint an independent if he's so concerned about partisanship? I don't know if this election would be necessary.
    That. Find someone who will agree to hold the office for the remaining time, which isn't very long and who is not a member of either the Republican or Democratic party. There are plenty of qualified people who are not members of either, and then have the election during its normal time which will give both the Republicans and Democrats a chance to present a candidate, and not cost the state the additional money of holding a special election, and will preserve his stance of letting the people decide.

    Quote Originally Posted by vendur View Post
    Anyone dumb enough to be upset by a republican appointing a republican wasn't ever going to vote for christie, as governor or as president.
    People should be able to agree or disagree with their governor's actions without taking his party into account. In fact it would be a lot better for this country if people started expecting their elected officals to act less as members of their party's and more like servents of the people. Saying you can't or shouldn't be upset at someone for taking a stance or action you don't like because that's just what their party does is what's really dumb.

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

    Interesting move on Christie's part. I wonder how this will turn out.
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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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    Actually,he did the most gutless and political thing possible. He should have had the special election(if he was going to have one)when his own took place. Only dunces though would be mad about a Republican governor appointing another Republican. That's politics. When Sen.Paul Coverdell of Georgia died,the Democratic governor appointed a Democrat. It's happened in numerous circumstances. ALso,this special election will cost 24 million taxpayer dollars.

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