A Politico report raises the possibility that if a wild but believable series of events occurs in 2017, we may see a Sen. Chris Christie (R-NJ) come 2018.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has become the laughingstock of the nation over the last 18 months. It may be the embattled governor, though, who gets the last laugh, if a strange series of events comes to pass this year.
Politico released a story on Thursday noting that Christie may be in the position to appoint a successor to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), if New Jersey’s senior senator ends up leaving his position over corruption charges he’s facing.
The kicker? Some observers believe Christie may appoint himself.
But it could be any number of people who inhabit the governor’s inner circle.
Several Democrats and political observers didn’t even discount the possibility that Christie could put himself in the seat.
New Jersey’s confusing, contradictory U.S. Senate succession laws effectively give Christie carte blanche in appointing a successor.
The move would not be unprecedented. At least nine governors have appointed themselves senators in U.S. history, though all but one went on to lose bids for a full term.
Of course, a lot depends on the results of corruption charges Menendez faces. Menendez lost a bid in March to have the charges dismissed by the Supreme Court. He stands accused of “14 felony counts related to favors allegedly done in exchange for gifts and political contributions made by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and campaign donor.”
Given his approval rating in the teens, many New Jerseyans would no doubt be upset with Christie.
Christie, though, doesn’t seem to care much for Jerseyans’ opinions anymore. His response to the outcry over his use of a private beach during the state’s shutdown? “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there.”
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