Last edited by LukeEDay; 06-05-2013 at 01:19 AM.
I don't see it quite as bleakly as everyone else does. Christie is a Republican in a very blue state, and a conservative Republican appointee would have offended the electorate (and gotten beaten in the general election), a liberal Republican appointee would have offended conservatives (who would not have voted for him, resulting in a Democratic win) and a Democratic appointee would have confirmed everybody's opinion of him as a turncoat. He had a no-win situation, and he's not stupid. But, what if Christy isn't simply a RINO, but actually does want the party to succeed? After all, we did put him in office, and while he is liberal on some things, he has gone after the Democrats' most loyal and lucrative power source, the public employee unions. Let's approach this from the assumption that Christie is not trying to sabotage the Republican Party, but actually wants to set up a possible Republican victory here. As noted above, an appointed Republican senator would have had none of the advantages of uncumbency, and all of the disadvantages, having been appointed, rather than elected, and would most likely have been beaten in the next cycle. By calling for a special election in a year when Democrats are starting to show toxic poll numbers, Christie may have set up the only possible conditions under which a Republican could win the seat outright, and then campaign with the advantages of having been popularly elected when the term is up. Maybe I'm being too Pollyannaish here, but that is a possible, and even a likely, explanation, that doesn't assume malice on Christie's part.
You're narrowly focused on an election cycle and not on the number of votes that a conservative could cast in the senate if he were appointed for the duration of the term. Christy should have made the appointment and let the chips fall where they may with the knowledge that one more conservative would be in the senate.
But, as we all know, Christy ain't conservative.
According to reports he's doing this to avoid a head on confrontation at the ballot box with Corey Booker.
http://swampland.time.com/2013/06/04...cial-election/Though the Republican governor denied that political reasoning played a role in his decision, the timing of the special election clearly benefits the first-term governor, guaranteeing him top-billing in the November election where he is likely to cruise to a second term against state Sen. Barbara Buono.
It also benefits Booker, who was already planning to run for Lautenberg’s seat next year, by keeping him off the same ballot as Christie. The two outsized Garden State lawmakers have gone to great lengths to avoid running afoul of each other over the past several years, and they share high statewide favorability ratings.
Running on the same ballot, but for different offices, would inject uncertainty into each of their political calculations this year.
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