Gov. Christie Announces Senate Election

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Barbara Buono, New Jersey State Senator and Democratic candidate for Governor, reacts to Governor Christie's decision on how to handle a vacant Senate seat, plus how the new elections might influence the vote for governor.  Also, Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, explains the process to fill Senator Lautenberg's seat, and what it tells us about Governor Christie's political calculus.


Ross Baker

Comments [4]

Christine from Westchester

It's easy to hammer someone in office for errors. No one makes everyone happy. How about instead Ms. Buono gives us a view of her skill set and what she would do. What makes her qualified?

Jun. 05 2013 11:12 AM
tom from astora

Christie's choice will allow a double bill of campaign ads -- topical ads will benefit both the Governor's and Senate runs, but keep Christie on top of the ballot in Nov .Isn't the calculus that Christies' momentum leading into his re-election might give a boost to a GOP Senate candidate? So what the GOP bills the taxpayer for their tactic?

Jun. 05 2013 11:05 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Senator Buono,

Congratulations on your win.

Is your campaign working on anything that underlines the money lost/spent due to mis-steps by the Gov. Christie?

1. The ARC Tunnel - 6K jobs
2. Repayment of the ARC Tunnel planning funds - $271M
3. Loss of Race to the Top funds - $470M
4. No bid SuperStorm Sandy contracts - 5X what otherwise would have had to have been paid
5. +$2M for insisting that Pernetti go. We all agree that Rice should have gone but taking Pernetti's resignation added lots of money to the process.
6. $12M to massage the governor's ego and make him appear more 'unbeatable'. Waste of taxpayer's money, imo. You?

Something along the line of "the king's new clothes" if you want to be gentle....or possibly even less nice.

Jun. 05 2013 11:03 AM

i was truly stunned when I heard of Christies cowardly choice.
While nj apparently can’t afford a tunnel (due to some mythological possible potential costs)which would have saved time and money of nj residents, increased productivity and quality of life, and modernized the region’s crumbling infrastructure, nj can afford 2 elections 3 weeks apart so that pound foolish chrisy doesn’t have to be on that ballot with cory booker.
Shames shame, 24 million tax dollars later one blow heart plotting politician shows off on the national stage, but no amount of pandering will save this train wreck. He’s crazy but just not crazy enough for the GOP.

Jun. 05 2013 10:16 AM

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