Skip to comments.How Chris Christie Gamed Cory Booker
Posted on 06/04/2013 2:38:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
By scheduling New Jerseys special U.S. Senate election for October 16, Chris Christie has avoided appearing on the same ballot as Cory Booker in November. But hes also made it more possible that Booker wont appear on the October ballot.
Booker, the Newark mayor and media darling, still has to be considered the odds-on favorite to take over Frank Lautenbergs seat. But Christies decision to fill that seat with a special election this year, rather than waiting until 2014, makes it all but certain that Booker will face at least one challenger in the Democratic primary on August 13.
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.
On paper, the quick primary should favor Booker, who has high name recognition and the ability to raise lots of money. But dont count out Pallone. Not only does he have more than $3 million in campaign cash on hand. Hes also spent years memorizing the operating guide to the New Jersey Democratic Partys machinery that Booker has never bothered to study. Christies announcement today means that Booker is going to have to take a crash course.
I no longer give a damn how Christie snookered Booker. My husband is unemployed in this state with no chance of recovery any time soon. I voted for the lap band kid and would like to cut off my arm for that stupid vote. He disgusts me.
The title should read...
“How Christie Gamed Booker and Screwed The GOP At The Same Time”
Pallone will be joined in his bed by a GOAT HEAD.
A kabuki dance, and not even a very good one. Cory Booker is the designated winner of that “election.” The $$$ from all those liberal donors to Christie will bring their desired result.
What’s the story with Pallone? He’s seems a queer as a ...well, you get my drift.
He;s a Democrat...they are ALL QUEER!
Do you know anything about him? He’s married but very gay...
So why the heck should Christie be scared about appearing on the same ballot as Booker? Not only would Christie not be facing Booker head to head, Christie would be at the top the ballot for the Republicans, which should, if Christie had as much confidence in himself as he seems to exude, provide "coattails" for the GOP Senate nominee. Oops, maybe Christie doesn't think that helping that GOP nominee is such a good idea after all.
Looks like liberal RINOs are being given Christie talking points already...
Obama engineering the sale of senate seats. Something he has experience at. I don’t give a damn who wins. I’m outta here in the Fall. It’s all about the skin color any way. Booker, Patrick, blah blah blah
The prospect of the first black senator from NJ will bring blacks out in droves. Blacks vote 9 to 1 for Democrats around the nation. In NJ, it's probably 100 to 0 for historic elections like this one. Mid term elections have low turnouts. High black turnout combined with low white turnout could lead to a landslide for the Dems. This why Christie was smart to decouple the historic senatorial race - with Booker running - from the general election. And I'm someone who thinks Christie should just switch parties and be done with it.
Nothing makes me more ill then photos of turncoat Commie fatso Christie or Vladimir Obumbo.
I still think that Christie would win, but his margin would be much less. Holding both elections in November would hurt the Republicans in the down-ticket races.
The Democrat machine normally only gets cranked up once every couple of years -- now it has to be cranked up three times. It isn't cheap to drag their core voters out to the voting booth.
Could be wrong, but Booker doesn't seem the kind of black politician who appeals to black racists. Just not radical enough, like he seems to try to be tough on crime in Newark. Also he presents too much of a middle class image. Plus, running statewide, he would have to be careful not to turn off whites. And I don't think he's as much of a machine guy as his black predecessors as mayor in Newark. Remember too he'd be running for Senate, not president, in an off-year election.
All in all, you may be overestimating the potential black turnout effect for Booker's Senate candidacy. There may be some, but nothing like Obama.
The Obama people will show up in droves to vote for booker. If the special election is on separate days they can’t vote D across the line for all candidates. Smart move
Cory Booker is black, unlike President Obama.
Did Booker do something to earn the hate of the White House last year during campaign season?
Did he??? I doubt it.
Naughty! But funny!
You've come up with something that no one else has noticed. It would appear that Christie's plan is to break the New Jersey Democratic Party's bank. I wouldn't characterize it as a chess move. More like a poker move.
I would have rather that Christie appointed a staunch Republican, after all turn about is fair play, but the Republicans never ‘turn about’ do they.
But I see a little bit of fairness that he tossed it to the voters to decide. Nationally Christie is toast within the GOP so I hope he doesn’t think he can actually win the GOP nomination, but he’s certainly solid within NJ.
Would have been funny if he appointed himself.
Ginning up the black vote costs street money. Two elections means twice the street money.
As to racism, this really isn't racism - it's tribalism. In Africa, blacks attach themselves to tribal politics because over there, it's a winner-takes-all world. If your tribe wins, it gets all the marbles. Here, it's just a case of race being the smallest political unit that is viable, and the law handing out all kinds of preferences in academia, the workplace and even small business specifically to people of a specific race, which is a proxy for what in Africa would be tribes.
Some people call my characterization essentialism. I call it genetics. Some breeds within the same species are gregarious, whereas others are loners. Natural selection means that different characteristics prevailed in different geographies.
Translation: The 'Rats are teed off at Christie because apparently they think he's hurt their chances at beating him, and they are camouflaging that by introducing the extra expense issue. (Since when do 'Rats really care about government spending too much, anyway?)
Federal races come before state races on the ballot. Booker would be at the top of the ballot.
I at first thought in terms of coattails too, but I think the powerful draw to the polls of Cory Booker could really bite into Christie’s vote. I’m sure Christie and his aides and advisers have thought this out carefully.
Everyone should not be so negative about Christie. New Jersey wants him. We want him to win in Jersey. We should be happy. He’s building his reputation as a statesman, but not at such a great cost. He will campaign with the Republican this year. In 2016 I don’t think anyone’s going to be looking at two-year-old vote percentages to decide about Christie.
Ah. But will he campaign for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016?
That's not so certain, is it?
He criticized on TV the Dem attack on Bain Capital. Said the attack on capitalism was nauseating. This made the Romney-haters furious and Booker was forced to take it back.
But maybe we don’t want him to.
I think you are underplaying it. He lost all support in the administration. I think he’s still on the outs with them.
I don’t think he intends to run at all.
Yes, I think you are right. Maybe wants to be chosen veep by someone or stay in Jersey. Unless he is irresistibly drafted by the RINO RNC.
Porkie can't be so stupid that he fails to understand how he is viewed outside of New Jersey, and outside of the liberal Democrat "mainstream" newsroom bubble. I'm sure there are already internal polls.
Still, I CAN see Porkie running as a turd party spoiler, just to help the rats win.
I'm not suggesting that Gov. Christie would run for president.
I'm asking whether he would campaign for the Republican presidential nominee?
I'm not so sure.
For better or worse, Christie likes to be his own man. Maybe he can be governor and do that, but maybe he doesn't want to be president and have to pull his punches. He may be nice nice with President Obama, but that could all change tomorrow. He's mercurial.
You had a primary today with a few compelling conservative candidates.
Christie is going to be 52 on election day in 2014. He has no substantial wealth, nor steady stream of income. He has one heck of a legal CV, and political connections across party and ideological camps. And maybe 15 to 20 years to work his arse off and cash in, still has to pay for kids’ Uni and get himself set up as a partner in a law firm.
Take a look at NY Gov. Pataki’s career trajectory since he left office, that is a good guideline for Christie’s career strategy going forward from 2017.
Keep in mind that the chances of some type of mass immigration amnesty between now and 2016 and 2020 might make Christie a viable candidate...
I forgot about that.
Yes, I voted for them!
A deal must have been made with Obama during one of their hugs.
“And I don’t think he’s as much of a machine guy as his black predecessors as mayor in Newark. Remember too he’d be running for Senate, not president, in an off-year election.”
Booker would win any general election in a landslide, but he could lose a low turnout primary because you are right, Booker is a reformer and not a machine guy. In fact, for a black democrat, he is almost a right wing uncle Tom.
IF you read his Wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker
He is portrayed nearly as the second coming, and frankly, he does sound like one of the few democrats we could live with.
FWIW, Rush Limbaugh today hinted that Christie might be interested in running for president in 2016 as a DEMOCRAT!
Based on what? I don’t think he wants to. I don’t think the Democrats would allow it. And I think Christie knows that. In a state race, maybe he could run as a Democrat, but there is no way he would beat out long time Dems in a presidential primary.
I heard that too, But he put it as “I wouldn’t be surprised if...”, and not as any information that he was given.
His being pro-life would deny him any major Dem nomination. Even if he turned pro-abort, it wouldn’t matter, since his past would be used against him on that high holy Democrat sacrament of infanticide.
He’s going to run, as a RINO for the Republican nomination. He may not be a conservative but he is no where near liberal enough to be nominated as a democrat for anything in NJ or nationwide. Frankly the whole notion is ludicrous.
As to this election date? Seems fine to me. Having it so soon before the November election sounds like a recipe for lower turnout (in both elections) which in NJ is good for us.