Frank Lautenberg, Democratic New Jersey Senator, passed away at the age of 89 on Monday, thus leaving the current situation where according to New Jersey State Law, Republican Governor Chris Christie will now appoint the successor to take his place.
Given that this is an election year for the Governor’s seat and Gov. Christie’s 2016 Presidential ambitions, the current situation leaves Gov. Christie in a very interesting dilemma depending on whom he chooses to succeed Senator Lautenberg. Should he choose a Republican, he will anger the Democrats that he needs to be re-elected this November. If he appoints a Democrat he will infuriate the Republican base he would need in the 2016 Republican primaries.
This is the current debate hitting the airwaves at the moment revolving around a very important seat in public service for a state that has experienced terrible tragedy in the past year from Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, the debate revolves around a Governor’s current and future self-ambitions rather than choosing a successor that will be best for the state of New Jersey.
I am not necessarily saying that Gov. Christie will be making this very important decision based on his own ambitious future. I sincerely hope he does not if he is a sincere public servant. But unfortunately that is the political world we currently live in. An important political seat is turning into a political chess match for one man rather than what’s best for the 8.8 million people of the state of New Jersey.
At the end of the day we the public have to remember that this is politics and unfortunately many of the decisions made today are determined by men hoping to keep their jobs rather than staying true to their beliefs and what they think is best for their state and the country. In Gov. Christies’ situation, rather than looking at what choice will better serve him in his future elections, we hope he will choose a successor whom he believes has the vision and viewpoints that are best for the State of New Jersey and the United States.
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