Skip to comments.Chris Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement
Posted on 06/04/2013 11:34:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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.
The Republican governor, during a press conference in Trenton, said he wants to make sure New Jersey voters have a "voice and a choice"
He set the primary for Aug. 13 and the general election for Oct. 16.
The announcement ended some -- but not all -- of the speculation about Christie's handling of the open seat. Lautenberg, a Democrat and the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, died Monday after complications from viral pneumonia at age 89. While colleagues paid tribute to the legacy of the World War II veteran, political observers launched into heavy speculation on how the popular Republican governor would move to fill the position.
Christie faced conflicting state laws in deciding when to have the election. He could have waited until November 2014, or possibly this November. But Christie said Tuesday it was worth the expense to the state to hold a special election earlier.
"The citizens of New Jersey need to have an elected representative to the United States Senate and have it as soon as possible," he said.
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Once again, cannot do the hard lifting of leading or making a decision.
P.O.S. RINO coward.
What a cowardly creep. And now we have to go through some stupid primary filled with the usual suspects and then a general all because this putz is afraid to make a decision. Soooooooo presidential.
Does Ann Coulter still admire that coward?
Christie knows that the Dems will strongarm the election, like they did when they got Lausyberg elected, and the Dems will retain the seat.
A leader, Christie the obama hugger ain’t!!
The best situation would probable to put Tom Kean Sr. In as a temporary replacement. Tom Kean Jr. to run in October. Most voters would know the difference and just vote for the familiar name.
A democrat governor would have appointed a democrat for the 18 months, even if the “departing” senator was a republican.
Christie is positioning for the democrat votes when he decides to run for higher office, or for re-election as governor.
I know Governor Christie. Nice guy. But if there was any thought of voting for him in 2016 after the media anoints him as Hillary’s opponent, that is now gone.
I would sooner write in Lautenberg for President. Both are dead to me.
Instead of naming a ‘favorable’ EVEN a RINO, can imagine someone like Torch getting the R nomination. Or whoever BO wants.
Hell, they do it in NY
Exactly. Democrats play hardball.
Agreed. This “gentleman” is turning into a real bombastic nothing!
Governor Lap-band. Epic fail.
Exactly. He will get a Democrat elected with their usual “winning” strategy.
Tom Kean Sr. will be the replacement.
I suspect he came up with this is an intelligent way to look reasonable. Instead, yet again, he looks like a traitor within the Republican Party.
There. Now you know the full story. You may now return to your regularly-scheduled thread.
“Tom Kean Sr. will be named interim Sen. until then.”
You got that right.
Thanks for nothing, Christie.
Fatso just blinked.
No replacement until October, which means one less Dem vote for amnesty and other issues on Obama’s agenda. We all know that the Dems will win the Senate seat regardless of when an election is held. And Christie is coming up for reelection. This is the best way out for him.
Christie will appoint an interim until then though.....
Lautenberg has been absent for most of the year. So it's not one less, except on paper.
Are you not paying attention? Christie just paved the way for the Dems to retain the seat via the special election this October.
“I know Governor Christie. Nice guy. “
You sir, are a liar. No acting governor would do something so contrary to their political parties best interest and the interest of the people who elected him. Your glossing over his betrayal by saying he is a “nice guy”, just gives cover to the support he has offered to the fraud in the White House.
A “Maverick” move.
Yep, I have already written him off as a presidential contender from the GOP. But this is a rather artful approach to walking the political tightrope. Calling for a special election may make him feel like he can be more conservative on the interim appointment.
If his goal is to remain Governor, can’t really blame him. But like I said, stay in NJ Chris.
Of course, if Christie selects a RINO for the interim appointment, the vote cast could be for amnesty. Christie is an amnesty supporter. The vote could take place as early as the beginning of July.
Nice cop-out, you fat f***.
It’s not as if he is gonna find a conservative republican to guarantee to vote against amnesty. Forget it.
That being said, Christie is a NE Republican.
When are people going to stop expecting anything conservative out of these guys.
Guiliani is the standard.
Great DA great US Atty, outstanding Mayor. New Yorkers hated him for being law and order on his terms.
Still, pro abort CINO, married a bunch of times. Adultery off the charts.
FOR Get it, fuggetaboutit
$24M to hold the election one month sooner?
Who does the glutton think he’s kidding!
A lap band—is that who plays the music for a lap dance?
Doesn’t that accentuate the incestuous nature of modern politics—and diminish the stature of Jr.?
“The Republican governor, during a press conference in Trenton, said he wants to make sure New Jersey voters have a “voice and a choice”
The people of NJ voted for this fat slob of a Republican and part of his duty is to delegate someone to fill in the seat of a dead senator until election time.
Fatties never make hard decisions
What a pansy.
What a frikkin’ coward! And this idiot thinks he’s gonna be president?
Yes, it probably does. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and one person taking a valient stance will not change anything. All you’ll get is the Democrats laughing at you.
No. She admits she was wrong on him. She has more character in that respect than many FREEPers.
Ann Coulter Blasts Chris Christie, Says Hes Off My List For 2016 In Fiery CPAC Speech
Are we sure that the surgeon didn’t put the lap band on his balls?
If this idiot gets anywhere near the nomination, the GOP will be DOA come 2016.
I heard Ann Coulter gave up on Christie after Christie burst into tears upon meeting his idol, Bruce Springsteen.
Ann was disgusted and crossed Christie off her dance card at that point.
Christie's strategy should maximize the chances of a Republican Senate seat pickup in the special election in October, maximize Christie's vote total in November, and maximize the Republican vote for NJ state Senate and Assembly elections in November.
The Democrats should not be happy. They have been put into the position of arguing that less choice is best for NJ voters. Christie's voter choice argument is also a dig by Christie at what the NJ SC did when Robert "The Torch" Torricelli resigned and the SC let the state Democrat party substitute Lautenberg on the ballot. If this works it was a brilliant move by Christie.
I think thats one year! And the seat will be contened again in 2014!
He looks a little too portly for a punter.
Thanks for your insight on this move by the big man. I’ll reserve judgement.