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.