Christie’s Cynical if Deft Senate Play

As I wrote earlier today, people who thought the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg put New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a tight spot underestimated the strength of his position and overestimated the trouble the opening up of the seat might cause him. The governor acted with characteristic decisiveness this afternoon by announcing that he was calling a special election for October to replace Lautenberg while not saying who would fill the seat during the next four months. This didn’t please national Republicans who would have liked Christie to make the appointment be one that lasts until November 2014, when the next federal election is held. And New Jersey Democrats are crying foul about the fact that this will mean the state’s voters will be asked to go to the polls twice within a month, first to just elect a senator who will be up for re-election in 13 months and then in November for the regularly scheduled vote for governor and the entire state legislature, costing the state tens of millions.

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