Gov. Christie has called a 1:30pm press conference with speculation heavy he’ll use it to name a successor to Lautenberg. Promoted by Rosi
Senator Frank Lautenberg’s passing gives New Jersey Governor Chris Christie an opportunity to burnish the “bipartisan” credibility he has so carefully built. Or he can show himself to be a partisan more interested in helping his party than respecting the people’s will.
Every analysis I’ve seen up ’til now has named Republicans Christie could appoint, but for 40 years the voters of New Jersey have repeatedly sent Democrats to the United States Senate. That means roughly every voter 58 an under has been part of elections that sent only Democrats and no Republicans to the US Senate.
If there were occasional Republicans in there, then replacing an individual Senator named Lautenberg with a Republican named Kyrillos or Kean might make sense. But there are none, and the will of the people is clearly to send Democrats to the Senate, regardless of the individual. The electorate has clearly spoken in saying that they do not want Republicans representing them since Clifford Case won reelection in 1972.