Christie's 'October Surprise' Aimed at Affecting Voter Turnout

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 03:31 PM

By John Gizzi

A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to set October 16 as the date of a special Senate election was made with a mind to maximize voter turnout for Republicans in the race to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg while minimizing Democratic turnout in November.

With the special election and the primary costing state taxpayers an estimated $12 million each, there is bewilderment over why Christie didn't just hold the special election concurrently with state elections in November — when the governor is a shoo-in for re-election and could help his fellow Republican running for the Senate.

One former Republican elected official told Newsmax that special elections generally have lower turnout than general elections in November, and that may work to the GOP's advantage in the Senate battle.

"The governor knows Republicans do better in special elections when the contest is alone than when it is on a ballot with a lot of other offices," the former official said. "The party's turnout mechanism will pack more of a punch in October, and the expected low turnout will favor the Republican candidate."

Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver charged that Christie made his decision to help in his own re-election bid.

"The November general election date is what's best for taxpayers and voter turnout. It's unquestionably the best option, but Gov. Christie has chosen to put partisan politics and his self-interest first," Oliver told the Associated Press.

With popular Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker likely to run for the Senate seat, Christie's move insures they won't both be on the ballot on the same day.

Christie, who is expected to name a Republican temporary successor to Lautenberg sometime early next week, won the GOP primary on Tuesday against token opposition and will face the Democratic primary winner, state Sen. Barbara Buono, in November.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Wisconsin Rep. Petri's Exit Points to Conservative Successor

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 11:16 AM

The surprise decision by Republican Rep. Thomas Petri of Wisconsin to announce his retirement from Congress on Monday ha . . .

Republicans at Odds With Christine Lagarde Over IMF Reforms

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 12:18 PM

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said she will accelerate efforts to secure a U. . . .

GOP Embraces Possible Switch by Maine Sen. Angus King

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 11:09 AM

Maine Sen. Angus King, one of the two independents who vote with Democrats to organize the Senate, dropped a political b . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved