Christie’s special election decision
This afternoon, Governor Christie decided to hold two special elections — a primary in August and a general election in October — to fill the Senate seat that is vacant as a result of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s death yesterday. In the following, Christie explains why he decided that the elections should be held in August and October. Critics have already suggested that Christie’s decision was politically motivated by his desire not to have the Senate election in November, when he is up for re-election, because of the increased Democratic turnout what will come in the Senate election. (Christie, of course, wants to be re-elected by a wide margin.) Other critics have suggested that the special elections are a waste of money (as they will cost about $24 million in total), especially given the budget cuts that Christie has made to services such as health care programs for impoverished women (which he has cut by $6 million annually).
More reaction from both Democrats and Republicans is sure to follow. But, in the meantime, feel free to weigh in with your thoughts.