Skip to comments.N.J. Dems move to prevent a Christie GOP appointment
Posted on 12/01/2009 2:35:12 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
Get ready for more appointment drama, because Democrats in New Jersey want to strip Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R) of the right to appoint a Republican to a Senate vacancy.
The proposal is significant because 85-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has five years left in his term (not to mention the fact that he has already retired once). Those close to Lautenberg insist he's as driven and vibrant as ever, but Democrats are privately worried it could put them in a situation where Christie would fill a vacancy with a member of the GOP.
State assembly Majority Whip John McKeon (D) cited the recent death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in introducing the bill. Readers will recall the fiasco that ensued when that state's lawmakers changed their governor's appointment powers after Kennedy's death.
The battle in New Jersey could be even more pitched, since a Senate race there seems likely to be competitive. In Massachusetts, Republicans were simply trying to prevent a temporary appointee.
The bill being proposed in the Garden State would force Christie to appoint a member of the same party as the departing officeholder.
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The government in NJ is about to be flooded with angry phone calls. These idiots still do not comprehend what has happened to them.
If the GOP would ever learn to play hardball, they'd approve the bill. Then they'd have their guy switch parties, get appointed and switch back. When the DEMs squawked, tell em to go to Hell.
This is the same group of criminals that brought us the unelected Che Menendez and the appointed cadaver Lautenberg.
This is so typical of the ‘Rat Party.
LOL. Gallows humor, friend. They get it. They don’t care.
What kind of sh!t-hole jurisdiction would take this kind of nonsense seriously?
“appoint a member of the same party as the departing officeholder”
that was my first thought too. Just register a new party affiliation with DMV and the next day you are officially a Dem.
Say hello to Senator Lonegan!
still, NJ GOP should fight this tooth and nail and make it a public example of the DEM arrogance.
Why is the NJ legislature allowed to meet in a lame duck session? In Texas we only allow the legislature to meet in a 140 day session every other year. Any special sessions must be called by the governor, and they can only last for up to 30 days each. It’s dangerous to let the politicians stay in permanent session.
Hey, Governor Christie!
Check my registration, Dude!
I’m a Democrat!
“In Massachusetts, Republicans were simply trying to prevent a temporary appointee.”
Just a reminder, that when Romney was governor, the Dems in the Mass legislature made the original change to the rules to prevent him from appointing a replacement for Kerry. So this isn’t the “Republicans...trying to prevent a temporary appointee” as though they were being spiteful, this was republicans following the Democrat’s rules (and the Dems screaming bloody murder and changing the rules back when they discovered that it had bit them in the ass).
I am so sick of the ba-da-bing politics in N’Joisey.
Don’t take Scott Garrett away from NJ-5! We like him where he is!
Why can’t the Gov veto the bill?
Wouldn’t work like that. The Democrat would have to be “approved” by the party central committee as legit. Otherwise that sort of shenanigans could be pulled. They have that in Wyoming. The Dem Governor had to pick from 3 approved GOP choices when Craig Thomas died (John Barasso).
Corzine is still the Gov. The Dems in NJ have been notoriously for pulling loser stunts between the November election and January swearing-in of the new administration (when the GOP wins).
Pure Machiavellian Genius!
It would be Cozine vetoing....
If they have a special lame-duck session, Jon Corzine won’t veto it.
I have split feelings over this, one the one hand I think it’s a democrat dirty trick and I by instinct want to resist such a thing... On the other hand... I don’t really like Governors appointing Senators.
Better to have one less senator in Washington from my state than some hack approved by @ssholes from the other party.
Investigate their dirt, expose them, and prosecute. Republican Party has never been the party for of destroying their enemies personal lives; time to fight fire with fire. We’re at war for our survival as a nation so “all’s fair in this current domestic war.”
Climb in the RATs sewer and fight them using their tactics back on them. Way past time for spine, guts, and gonads.
Once again, the democrats show that they are truly tyrants. We need to not only rid them from our governments, we have to rid them of our culture and society. They will not go away peacefully, trust me on this...history speaks differently. People always have to push tyrants out, fighting, kicking and screaming. We will to. Just a matter of time.
If they try I personally will chase the bastards off. I have worked in NJ for 38 years. I am really tired of the “Newark Way” i.e. same as Chicago Way
The GOP had best learn that the other side is playing a different game with different rules, and it is for keeps.
This is why we do not reach out to the other side, Mr. McCain, Mr. Graham, Snowe, and the rest of your ilk.
We crush them, that is all.
There has been a rumor about the Jersey Democrats wanting Lautenberg to resign so Corzine can appoint himself before he leaves office. I say PLEASE do it! That will destroy the Democrat party in New Jersey and do major damage to them in neighboring states. These morons are acting like Scarlet O’Hara and it will come back to bite them in the ash.
I seem to recall back around the turn of the 20th century in neighboring Delaware there was absolute bedlam over the selection of Senators (then chosen by the state legislatures). Because the GOP was by 1900 overtaking the Democrats, they deadlocked (and even the Governor apparently couldn’t appoint a caretaker at the time), so the state went 4 years (!) without one Senator and 2 years in the other, so they were completely without any Senate representation from 1901-03. They finally seated two Republicans in 1903.
Ok, if you insist.
I will volunteer to change my registration temporarily ... but do I really have to move to New Jersey?
Dirty. Like talking a crap in the dishwasher before the sheriff comes to serve the eviction notice. They always do stuff like this on the way out. Like Ray Blanton in Tennessee and his pardons.
If this occurs and old Senator Frankenstein dies, if I were Christie I’d leave the seat vacant.
I’d support a federal constitutional amendment that
A)Requires a special election to be held for a senate vacancy within say 5 months. And under the same rules with regards to primaries as in regular elections in the state. You could apply that to house specials are well.
B)Affirms the right of Governors to appoint placeholder Senators
C)Bars the placeholder Senator from running in the special election and in the next general election for the seat if it’s within 2 years.
The Rat party defines the word hypocracy. We have to put on our hazmat suits and get into the cesspool where they live and clean the Rats out.
Ray Blanton was selling pardons throughout his Governorship. The fear was he was going to empty the prisons en masse in retaliation in the last week of his term (which would’ve made him the patron saint of the prisonbound). The Dems swore in Lamar! before he could “git ‘r dun.”
I’m almost surprised some whackjob Governor hasn’t done that yet. What a disaster that would be.
Well yeah, but I mean letting them all out not just commuting their sentences. Free maybe thousands of prisoners out of spite say for losing an election.
Maybe David Patterson will do it. “I don’t see any evidence that these 10’000 convicted murders are actually guilty” ;p
Hadn’t heard about the deadlock preventing Delaware from having senators in the early 20th century. Of course, I’m not sure why Delaware has senators—why did the Founding Fathers count the three lower counties on the Delaware as a separate state from Pennsylvania, and not count the three lower counties on the Potomac as a separate state from the rest of Virginia? History’s mysteries.
“If the GOP would ever learn to play hardball, they’d approve the bill. Then they’d have their guy switch parties, get appointed and switch back. When the DEMs squawked, tell em to go to Hell.”
I hereby appoint you as chairman of the RNC.
Well, Delaware was already fairly long established. Don’t forget, too, it’s America’s “1st state.” But I’d agree at this point, it either ought to be merged with Maryland or the entire Delmarva Peninsula should be a state. Rhode Island, too, is due to shed a Congressional seat to 1, and it ought to be either merged with CT or MA. Had we drawn up states to reflect current population status or geographical area as opposed to what they were when they were created, the U.S. would look dramatically different. Of course, that’s not up to us right now...
The longer a legislature stays in session, the more damage it can do.
We don't term limits so much as we need session limits.
I think it was because of a short-lived Dutch settlement near Cape Henlopen that Delaware was excluded from the grant given to Lord Baltimore for the new colony of Maryland.
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“Chesapeake.” Yes, that’s what they should’ve named the state. At least it would be politically competitive. DE now is overwhelmed by the rodent rot in Wilmington.
DJ, you described tge way the law reads in WY; in AZ, it merely requires that the governor appoints someone registered with the party of the senator that created that vacancy. But in both cases the law is unconstitutional, since the 16th Am. permits state legislatures to empower the governor to appoint a temporary senator, not for the legislature to make the choice itself indirectly or add qualifications to those in Article I.
It’s interesting the Dems didn’t try to challenge that on Constitutional grounds to permit Gov. Dave Freudenthal to appoint a Dem upon Sen. Thomas’s death.
If you want a fascinating look at stories like that, take a gander at the history of Vermont. Right in the heart of the Northeast and a key player in the American Revolution (the Green Mountain Boys sacked the British forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point on Lake Champlain) . . . and yet Vermont's legal status even as a British colony was so chaotic and uncertain (both New York and New Hampshire had competing claims on the land) that it couldn't be admitted as one of the original states.
I think Delaware’s status was a little unusual—treated as a separate colony in some ways but as part of Pennsylvania in others (I think they always had the same colonial governor). The Mason & Dixon line, usually thought of being between Maryland and Pennsylvania, also delineates the border between Maryland and Delaware. But the Continental Congress counted them as a separate colony so they have been a separate state ever since. In some of the early censuses they had the least population of any state (fewer people than Rhode Island).
They’re pieces of garbage!
OMG! I love that idea!