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How Chris Christie Gamed Cory Booker
New York Magazine ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jason Zengerle

Posted on 06/04/2013 2:38:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

By scheduling New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate election for October 16, Chris Christie has avoided appearing on the same ballot as Cory Booker in November. But he’s also made it more possible that Booker won’t 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 Lautenberg’s seat. But Christie’s 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t want to risk losing his congressional seat. It was assumed he’d 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 that’s exactly what he’ll do.

On paper, the quick primary should favor Booker, who has high name recognition and the ability to raise lots of money. But don’t count out Pallone. Not only does he have more than $3 million in campaign cash on hand. He’s also spent years memorizing the operating guide to the New Jersey Democratic Party’s machinery that Booker has never bothered to study. Christie’s announcement today means that Booker is going to have to take a crash course.


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1 posted on 06/04/2013 2:38:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Yeah. Right. Spin it like a brilliant victory for Christie.

Whoo-Hoo.[/s]

2 posted on 06/04/2013 2:39:37 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: nickcarraway

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.


3 posted on 06/04/2013 2:41:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway

The title should read...

“How Christie Gamed Booker and Screwed The GOP At The Same Time”


4 posted on 06/04/2013 2:44:08 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: nickcarraway
oh geesh.....Frank Pallone is NOT going to run against OBAMA"S FRIEND CORY...get REAL!!

Pallone will be joined in his bed by a GOAT HEAD.

5 posted on 06/04/2013 2:45:00 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 06/04/2013 2:45:41 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Ann Archy

What’s the story with Pallone? He’s seems a queer as a ...well, you get my drift.


7 posted on 06/04/2013 2:46:56 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

He;s a Democrat...they are ALL QUEER!


8 posted on 06/04/2013 2:48:14 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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9 posted on 06/04/2013 2:51:12 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Ann Archy

Do you know anything about him? He’s married but very gay...


10 posted on 06/04/2013 2:52:13 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway; Liz; miss marmelstein; ml/nj; JoyjoyfromNJ; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; Jewbacca; ...
By scheduling New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate election for October 16, Chris Christie has avoided appearing on the same ballot as Cory Booker in November.

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.

11 posted on 06/04/2013 3:12:30 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like liberal RINOs are being given Christie talking points already...


12 posted on 06/04/2013 3:13:41 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: ScottinVA

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


13 posted on 06/04/2013 3:22:38 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: justiceseeker93
So why the heck should Christie be scared about appearing on the same ballot as Booker?

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.

14 posted on 06/04/2013 3:26:14 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Travis McGee

Nothing makes me more ill then photos of turncoat Commie fatso Christie or Vladimir Obumbo.


15 posted on 06/04/2013 3:40:00 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Zhang Fei
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.

True that.

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.

16 posted on 06/04/2013 3:51:35 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: Zhang Fei; All
The prospect of the first black senator from NJ will bring blacks out in droves.

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.

17 posted on 06/04/2013 3:55:47 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: nickcarraway
More like: How Christie Gamed Republicans
Guarantees Democrats Keep Senate Seat for Years to Come
18 posted on 06/04/2013 4:02:21 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: justiceseeker93

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


19 posted on 06/04/2013 4:05:42 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Cory Booker is black, unlike President Obama.


20 posted on 06/04/2013 4:06:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Ann Archy

Did Booker do something to earn the hate of the White House last year during campaign season?


21 posted on 06/04/2013 4:07:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Did he??? I doubt it.


22 posted on 06/04/2013 4:13:10 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: miss marmelstein
he is what he seems

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23 posted on 06/04/2013 4:17:35 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Travis McGee

Naughty! But funny!


24 posted on 06/04/2013 4:19:05 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Sooth2222
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.

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.

25 posted on 06/04/2013 4:23:50 PM PDT by Publius
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To: nickcarraway

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.


26 posted on 06/04/2013 4:26:05 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: justiceseeker93
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.

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.

27 posted on 06/04/2013 4:33:21 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: nickcarraway; miss marmelstein; Ann Archy; ClearCase_guy; Zhang Fei; Usagi_yo; Sooth2222; ...
The MSM is already reporting 'Rat attacks on Christie for scheduling too many elections and thereby causing extra expense to the state and the local election agencies.

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?)

28 posted on 06/04/2013 5:34:00 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Federal races come before state races on the ballot. Booker would be at the top of the ballot.


29 posted on 06/04/2013 7:38:01 PM PDT by writmeister
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To: justiceseeker93

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.


30 posted on 06/04/2013 9:31:45 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand
[Christie] will campaign with the Republican this year.

Ah. But will he campaign for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016?

That's not so certain, is it?

31 posted on 06/04/2013 9:42:01 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: nickcarraway; Ann Archy

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.


32 posted on 06/04/2013 9:50:27 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: okie01

But maybe we don’t want him to.


33 posted on 06/04/2013 9:51:47 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand; Ann Archy

I think you are underplaying it. He lost all support in the administration. I think he’s still on the outs with them.


34 posted on 06/04/2013 9:55:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: okie01; firebrand

I don’t think he intends to run at all.


35 posted on 06/04/2013 9:56:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.


36 posted on 06/04/2013 10:02:21 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: nickcarraway
I don’t think he intends to run at all.

Agreed.
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.

37 posted on 06/04/2013 10:07:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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I don’t think he intends to run at all.

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.

38 posted on 06/04/2013 10:15:27 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: firebrand
I'm not sure Christie wants to be president. Or he feels because of his weight or whatever that's not possible.

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.

39 posted on 06/04/2013 11:24:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: miss marmelstein

You had a primary today with a few compelling conservative candidates.


40 posted on 06/04/2013 11:28:56 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: nickcarraway

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...


41 posted on 06/04/2013 11:53:43 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: firebrand

I forgot about that.


42 posted on 06/05/2013 2:22:29 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gene Eric

Yes, I voted for them!


43 posted on 06/05/2013 3:30:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: justiceseeker93

A deal must have been made with Obama during one of their hugs.


44 posted on 06/05/2013 5:22:55 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: justiceseeker93

“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.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 6:41:41 AM PDT by staytrue
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FWIW, Rush Limbaugh today hinted that Christie might be interested in running for president in 2016 as a DEMOCRAT!


46 posted on 06/05/2013 11:28:29 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

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.


47 posted on 06/05/2013 11:30:59 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: justiceseeker93

I heard that too, But he put it as “I wouldn’t be surprised if...”, and not as any information that he was given.


48 posted on 06/05/2013 11:57:32 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: justiceseeker93

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.


49 posted on 06/05/2013 12:20:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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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.


50 posted on 06/05/2013 10:11:53 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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