June 05, 2013

With special election decision, Christie helps himself too - First Read

With special election decision, Christie helps himself too - First Read:

In a decision with implications for his own re-election this fall, the next presidential campaign and the GOP in Washington, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called for a special election to be held this year to choose the successor to the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Christie announced at a press conference that he had opted against appointing a successor to Lautenberg to serve until the 2014 election, and scheduled a general election on Oct. 16. The primary will be held in August. Christie also said he would appoint an interim senator to serve between now and November, though he explained that he had not decided on that temporary appointee yet. But Christie’s decision to hold a special election in October could also be a gamble, leaving the governor open to criticisms of making a self-serving decision and causing a hefty financial cost to the state that could run as high as $24 million for the special election. Christie said he wasn’t aware of what the cost would be – but in typical Christie fashion, said it didn’t matter. “I don’t know what the cost is, and quite frankly I don’t care,” he said.  A Republican who does not care about the cost of government…