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Cory Booker Wins in New Jersey

Cory Booker wins the New Jersey primary.

Cory Booker wins the New Jersey primary.

THIS IS not a surprise, with Cory Booker in a good position to win easily this fall. The only man as happy as Cory Booker tonight is Gov. Chris Christie, whose shenanigan election scheduling has set himself up for a landslide.

From NBC News:

The most recent Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed Booker topping Lonegan by 25 points in a general election matchup.

Whoever wins in the fall will serve out the remainder of Lautenberg’s term. The seat is being temporarily filled by Republican Jeffrey Chiesa, the state’s former attorney general, who was Christie’s interim pick.

If Booker wins, the balance of power in the Senate would return to a 55-45 advantage for Democrats, meaning Republicans need to win six seats in next year’s midterms to gain control of the upper chamber.

The winner of the special election would face voters again in 2014 for a full six-year term. Christie set the controversial special election timeline — with the costly special election slated just three weeks before regularly scheduled statewide elections on Nov. 5 -— saying, he wanted to give voters a choice as soon as possible.

But some critics charge that without a contested Senate campaign happening at the same time as his own re-election, turnout among Democrats is likely to be far lower, allowing Christie to run up the margin of victory in a race he is already a big favorite to win.

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6 Responses to Cory Booker Wins in New Jersey

  1. fangio August 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    I simply don’t understand why Christie is a favorite to win. The state is in no better fiscal condition now then when he took office; it might even be worse. Do people pay attention to anything. What a stupid question. I understand all the propaganda involving Sandy but the truth is that Jersey was simply not prepared for the storm. Christie is a blowhard who has made one poor economic decision after another which has adversely affected New Jersey residents. You would think that after everything that’s gone on over the past few years that voters would be a little more circumspect.

    • Solo August 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      Governor Christie is a likeable blowhard! He smiles while he sticks the knife in!

    • mjsmith August 14, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Perhaps Former Governor and close friend of the Clinton’s, Jon Corzine will run against Governor Christie.

  2. Cujo359 August 14, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Image trumps substance these days. Here is yet more proof.

  3. casualobserver August 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    “But some critics charge that without a contested Senate campaign happening at the same time”

    Obviously, those critics should have done a little bit of reality checking before they opened their mouths. When was the last time NJ had a Republican Senator……1970? There would be no “contested” Senate race regardless of the date of the ballot casting.

    And based on yesterday’s turnout, this race might have even depressed turnout for the regular general election date.

    • Cujo359 August 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Special elections can’t be taken as proof of much of anything, other than how many people will show up at an odd time of year to vote for people they probably haven’t heard of. GOTV and all the other machinery of politics is usually sitting in the garage.

      ” this race might have even depressed turnout for the regular general election date”

      That’s exactly the point Christie’s critics are making on this. Less interest in a Senate race means less interest among Democrats, which ought to be to Christie’s advantage.

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