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Chris Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement
Fox News ^ | 06/04/2013

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 113th; christie; lautenberg; newjersey; nj2013; searchandfind
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1 posted on 06/04/2013 11:34:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Once again, cannot do the hard lifting of leading or making a decision.


2 posted on 06/04/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

P.O.S. RINO coward.


3 posted on 06/04/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 06/04/2013 11:36:48 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Soros’s puppet.


5 posted on 06/04/2013 11:36:57 AM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: SeekAndFind

Does Ann Coulter still admire that coward?


6 posted on 06/04/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind

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!!


7 posted on 06/04/2013 11:37:54 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


8 posted on 06/04/2013 11:38:17 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 06/04/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT by adorno (Y)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 06/04/2013 11:39:50 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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


11 posted on 06/04/2013 11:40:30 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --Inside every 'older' man there is a 'younger' man wondering "WTF happened")
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To: adorno

Exactly. Democrats play hardball.


12 posted on 06/04/2013 11:41:47 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: 7thson

Agreed. This “gentleman” is turning into a real bombastic nothing!


13 posted on 06/04/2013 11:42:34 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

Governor Lap-band. Epic fail.


14 posted on 06/04/2013 11:42:39 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: DustyMoment

Exactly. He will get a Democrat elected with their usual “winning” strategy.


15 posted on 06/04/2013 11:43:29 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: SeekAndFind

Tom Kean Sr. will be the replacement.


16 posted on 06/04/2013 11:43:56 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind
Chris Christie just threw the Republican Party on the bus. Even if he appoints a Republican until November, he gave up a golden opportunity to have one more Republican in the US Senate until the HOR and some vulnerable US Senators have to worry about re-election. It would also be time for that Republican US Senator to get established.

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.

17 posted on 06/04/2013 11:44:14 AM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind
Christie did not want Cory Booker on the ballot above his name in November to help his (D) opponent. He wants to pad his win totals to help his 2016 run. Tom Kean Sr. will be named interim Sen. until then.

There. Now you know the full story. You may now return to your regularly-scheduled thread.

18 posted on 06/04/2013 11:46:04 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind
He is nothing but a loud mouth RINO. Never trusted him due to his demeanor and arrogance.
19 posted on 06/04/2013 11:47:59 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: montag813

“Tom Kean Sr. will be named interim Sen. until then.”

You got that right.

Thanks for nothing, Christie.


20 posted on 06/04/2013 11:49:16 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: SeekAndFind

Fatso just blinked.


21 posted on 06/04/2013 11:49:16 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: rightwingextremist1776

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.


22 posted on 06/04/2013 11:49:24 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Christie will appoint an interim until then though.....


23 posted on 06/04/2013 11:51:31 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: kabar
No replacement until October, which means one less Dem vote for amnesty and other issues on Obama’s agenda.

Lautenberg has been absent for most of the year. So it's not one less, except on paper.

24 posted on 06/04/2013 11:52:07 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: kabar
Exactly...the best way for HIM....RINO POS...I look forward to voting for his primary opponent today and “present” on election day. It's the best way for ME!
25 posted on 06/04/2013 11:52:27 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: montag813

Are you not paying attention? Christie just paved the way for the Dems to retain the seat via the special election this October.


26 posted on 06/04/2013 11:53:07 AM PDT by Argus
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“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.


27 posted on 06/04/2013 11:53:12 AM PDT by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: SeekAndFind

A “Maverick” move.


28 posted on 06/04/2013 11:54:59 AM PDT by black_diamond
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To: 7thson

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.


29 posted on 06/04/2013 11:56:00 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: NeoCaveman
The would bring Lautenberg back on his death bed for the amnesty vote. Remember own they brought back the lobotomized Gabby Giffords to cast a vote.

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.

30 posted on 06/04/2013 11:57:36 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

Nice cop-out, you fat f***.


31 posted on 06/04/2013 11:57:53 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: kabar

It’s NJ.

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


32 posted on 06/04/2013 11:58:31 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

$24M to hold the election one month sooner?

Who does the glutton think he’s kidding!


33 posted on 06/04/2013 12:00:50 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: gov_bean_ counter

A lap band—is that who plays the music for a lap dance?


34 posted on 06/04/2013 12:01:53 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Cowboy Bob

Doesn’t that accentuate the incestuous nature of modern politics—and diminish the stature of Jr.?


35 posted on 06/04/2013 12:03:13 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


36 posted on 06/04/2013 12:03:20 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: SeekAndFind
Young grasshopper has learned much. When faced with a tough choice: Punt -- i.e., vote present and let someone else deal with it.
37 posted on 06/04/2013 12:04:19 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fatties never make hard decisions


38 posted on 06/04/2013 12:05:01 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a pansy.


39 posted on 06/04/2013 12:09:38 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

What a frikkin’ coward! And this idiot thinks he’s gonna be president?


40 posted on 06/04/2013 12:10:18 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


41 posted on 06/04/2013 12:11:11 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Fiji Hill

No. She admits she was wrong on him. She has more character in that respect than many FREEPers.


42 posted on 06/04/2013 12:11:36 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper; Fiji Hill

SEE HERE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ann-coulter-blasts-chris-christie-says-hes-off-my-list-for-2016-in-fiery-cpac-speech/

Ann Coulter Blasts Chris Christie, Says He’s ‘Off My List’ For 2016 In Fiery CPAC Speech


43 posted on 06/04/2013 12:14:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Pussy.


44 posted on 06/04/2013 12:17:36 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


45 posted on 06/04/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT by AskNotReceiveNot
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To: Fiji Hill

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.


46 posted on 06/04/2013 12:24:57 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: SeekAndFind
This splits up the NJ Democrat party machine effort over three off year elections; the special primary in August (Cory Booker isn't the only Democrat who has expressed interested in Lautenberg's Senate seat), the special Senate election in October, and the regular state election in November.

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.

47 posted on 06/04/2013 12:25:53 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: 9YearLurker

I think thats one year! And the seat will be contened again in 2014!


48 posted on 06/04/2013 12:26:01 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: SeekAndFind

He looks a little too portly for a punter.


49 posted on 06/04/2013 12:31:08 PM PDT by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: Sooth2222

Thanks for your insight on this move by the big man. I’ll reserve judgement.


50 posted on 06/04/2013 12:33:06 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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