Skip to comments.NJ-SEN: Christie called the election for October because he had to by law — sort of
Posted on 06/04/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, didnt make national Republicans happy when he called a special election for October 16, 2013 not for November 2014 or even for November 5, 2013, when he faces re-election....
Contrary to what some are saying today, he could not have chosen November 5, even if he had wanted to. Heres what the New Jersey statute has to say about special elections to the Senate:
(Excerpt) Read more at conservativeintel.com ...
Did Krispy Cream lose weight yet???
Expect Krispie Kream to eventually become a Democrat, claiming the Republicans have “moved too far to the right.” Anyone want to make book on that?
Can someone show him the exit from the GOP Big Tent?
No. I think you’re right, although he might try being and “independent” for awhile, first.
If the election for the vacant Senate seat had been held on the same day as the general November election, then a lot of potential candidates in New Jersey would probably have stayed out of the race rather than risk losing. People who already hold office in New Jersey can run for the special election without giving up their current seats, which is something they wouldn't have been able to do if the Senate election and their own state elections were held at the same time. They wouldn't be able to appear on the ballot for two different offices.
Holding the special election before the general election allows someone like a sitting state legislator or state senator (Tom Kean Jr., for example) to run for the vacant U.S. Senate seat in October while remaining on the November ballot for their regular re-election bid, just in case they don't win the U.S. Senate election.
What does NJ know about laws? Lautenberg replaced Toricelli with less than 54 before the election. In clear violation of the law. NJ is a liberal, cheating cesspool. Much like CT.
This state has plenty of greaseballs and weasels in public office, but it's hard to complain about this particular case from a legal perspective.
“If the election for the vacant Senate seat had been held on the same day as the general November election, then a lot of potential candidates in New Jersey would probably have stayed out of the race rather than risk losing. People who already hold office in New Jersey can run for the special election without giving up their current seats.”
“The opponent Booker really doesnt want to face is Frank Pallone. For years, Pallone, a New Jersey congressman, has tiptoed up to the line of running for statewide office, only to get cold feet at the last minute because he didnt want to risk losing his congressional seat. It was assumed hed pull the same stunt with the 2014 Senate race. But now the calculation has changed. Pallone can run in the August primary without risking anything. Sources are now saying thats exactly what hell do.”
No runoff for primary means many Dem candidates can run split the vote and knock out Booker or not. Pallone, Andrews, Booker etc. and Dem primary winner can with with under 30%.
I'm not a fan of the 17th amendment myself, but since it is the law of the land, I think it is best that NJ hold an election to replace their dead Senator.
The folks taking shots at Christie don't give a damn about the article, or the law. Partisanship trumps all.
since when do NJ politicians give a crap about the law or any Constitution?
The New Jersey courts allowed the Democrats to break state law in the late Senator Frank Lautenberg's election, why would they suddenly get hung up about following the law?
What the announcement tells me is this: Christie doesn’t want this election to collide with his own re-election effort in November (remember, NJ is one of the few states that elects their governors in odd years, not even). He doesn’t want to be swept out of office in a tide of Democrat votes for the next Senator. Thus, he can’t have it in November.
If he chooses a Democrat to replace Lousyberg (may he RIP), he can kiss goodbye his own presidential aspirations for 2016. If he nominated a Republican in this blue state, he thinks he can kiss goodbye his own re-election for governor as some sort of partisan.
So Christie has revealed his true strategy - punt. He’s not going to name any replacement but he will just leave the seat vacant until the Special Election (and how many key votes are done in the Senate during the summer anyway?).
So this way, he can pretend to be letting the people decide while not angering Democrats or Republicans. As a politician, it’s a crafty move. As someone who should be forwarding the conservative agenda, it’s cowardly.
He did what almost every elected pimp of the election industry would do - namely, have the State run and FUND four state-wide elections in one calendar year!
He should appoint a horse to the Senate, better yet, a jackass.. It would feel right at home amongst its peers.
Well that is a good point and I’ll say I read it here first if I read it anywhere else.
It seems Corey Booker is a lock for this seat. Which is OK I guess. So far he seems to be an honest person which in NJ is saying something.
Washington Times and many others reported yesterday that Christie is suddenly receiving big campaign cash from Obama donors like Soros. What does that tell you about Obama’s trip to the Jersey Shore this week?
“because he had to by law sort of”
Lautenberg came to office this last time illegally in the first place.
Course he is a dem and that’s ok.
I considered that as well, but the cynic in me made me conclude that they all knew Lautenberg was dying, so they were getting their bribes in early for a successor.
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