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Republicans pan Governor Christie; Christie appoints NJ A.G. Jeff Chiesa to Senate seat

Predictably, conservative Republicans are blasting New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie for calling an early election to fill that Senate seat...


Christie also gave ammo to Democrats too: By "rushing" with an October election, rather than having the special Senate election on the regular November ballot - the same ballot on which he'd be up for re-election - New Jersey taxpayers will be shelling out many more Millions of dollars. Christie, of course, spins it by saying that U.S. Senate seat is just too important for the citizens not to have an early say. Democratic State Senator Richard Codey is quoted in the above piece.

UPDATE: By early Thursday afternoon, Governor Christie appointed state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to that Senate seat. Talk about out of the blue. Chiesa had not been mentioned in lists of prospects. It's difficult to see how this appointment will mollify Christie's critics.

Chiesa worked with Christie in the U.S. Attorney's office before becoming state Attorney General. Chiesa has not enjoyed a particularly high profile, although he has presided over a gun buyback program, anathema to 2nd Amendment absolutists. Chiesa went to Notre Dame as an undergrad; and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America.

Christie will name an "acting" state Attorney General Monday, which leaves open the possibility Chiesa could return to his former office.

Posted at 6:20am on June 6, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 7:45am
If Republicans are panning Christie, he must be a pretty good guy. Because the Republican party is the personification of evil in the modern world... So if someone so bad, so horrible, so inept, says someone else is bad because he does the opposite of what they think? He must be a pretty darn good guy...

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 8:52am
Gov Chrisitie has successfully offended both sides.

It’s as if he gave the residents of this state the finger and that finger will cost $24 million. Instead of holding an expensive special election that tries to protect the governor’s political vulnerabilities, the voters should have the opportunity to have their say in the regular election in November.”-Sen. Richard Codey(D)

He’s the poster-child for what the GOP establishment wants to do to this party, which is offend no one except their own base. This decision, which is nothing more than an obvious attempt at political triangulation, just reinforces that. There’s a better chance he’ll be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 than he’ll be the Republican nominee.-Steve Deace(Conservative)

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 9:15am
This is all petty politics: They'll criticize Christie no matter what he does with filling the Senate seat.

Having it on the October ballot gives voters a direct say sooner rather than later in the process. Hooray, Christie.

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 12:05pm
Anyways, the pressure by Republicans on Christie is most likely their effort to create pressurized heat so he appoints a conservative Republican Senator for the interim.

Only thing is when you pressure Christie, you get the opposite. Christie knows - as does everyone else - the conservatives of the Republican Party are the very ones who held-up damage payments and getting things back together after Hu rricane Sandy. Conservatives are the enemy of New Jersey. Yet, now with floods, and tornadoes, they say they need help right away.

The world will be so much better when the old-school Republicans get flushed out of the system and only Republicans like Christie are left. All those who argue against Christie don't even know they dig their grave with every sentence.

One would wish Christie would call them out. "You know, if you were really so concerned about New Jersey, you shouldn't have voted to eradicate our funding... "

Conservative Republicans ARE SO dumb.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 6:22pm
Christie should have appointed who he wanted & had the election in November with the rest, so no extra cost to the taxpayers.

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 7:55pm
Kavips: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is the personification of evil in the modern world.

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 8:46pm
Teatime: You and Kavips are both DUFUSES.

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:12pm
"I'm a conservative Republican, generally speaking." In regard to immigration reform, he stated "I think the first thing we have to do is make sure the borders are secure."~Jeff Chiesa

Christie's "dumb" conservative Republican Jeff Chiesa?

Fri, Jun 7, 2013 12:28pm
Mr. Pizza, you can flap your chops all you want, but facts on the ground, which have been enumerated already too many times on these threads, point to a totally different picture.

Perhaps you don't read the news. In which case, your opinion matters none to those who do.

And since you've given the opportunity, it always bears repeating, I'm not saying Obama is the best president in our lifetimes. Facts are. I'm just repeating them. Not like you, who has only fiction to back up your claims.

Fri, Jun 7, 2013 12:39pm
In regards to Christie's appointee, the controversy brings back memories of the outgoing Minner administration putting in someone totally unknown for the newly-appointed Vice President.... Everyone was up in arms over that....

That appointee was probably the best US Senator over that 2-year time frame and was responsible for most of the changes that pulled our economy back on its feet. Without Ted Kaufman, the 2009-2010 years would have been devastatingly different. I think the reason was that there was someone on the Senate Banking committee who was politically unresponsive to pressure, and banks for the first time could not call the shots in committee hearings.

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