With the poignant passage of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., June 3, a political debacle has arisen in the Garden State. Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican seeking re-election in November, announced the following day that the special election to fill the vacated senate seat would be held on Oct. 16, just three weeks before Christie’s own gubernatorial election. One might ask: Why have two separate elections when the job could easily be accomplished by one, especially considering Christie has signed many laws consolidating state elections?
Though Christie says that he took this action because his people need an elected senator, apparently to represent them in the six days of Senate sessions proceeding the November election at a cost of $2 million a day, in actuality, Christie is afraid of being on the same ballot of likely Democratic nominee Cory Booker.
Booker’s popularity has the potential to turn out thousands more Democratic voters who will vote against Christie.
Instead of putting the taxpayers first and taking the risk of running, not against mind you, but on the same ballot as Booker, Christie has decided to cost his state $12 million. Christie has revealed his true values and insecurity through this action.