Death of Senator Places Christie in Difficult Spot
Mr. Christie, a Republican, is up for re-election in November and hoping to secure a huge victory margin, which he could then use to accelerate his drive to present himself as a presidential candidate with broad appeal even in a blue state.
Gov. Christie faces challenges in Senate vacancy
Christie “basically has to make a bet: Do you try to build national appeal as an independent and someone who can go beyond red-blue divisions or do you assure national Republicans that you understand how the game is played and that you’ll be loyal to the party in the end,” said Julian Zelizer, a history and public affairs professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Chris Christie is almost certain to appoint a Republican to the Senate
Since the 80th Congress started on Jan. 3, 1947, a total of 93 senators have died or resigned from office, excluding those who resigned early to give their successors a seniority boost; I compiled a full list here. Of those, 25 were of a different party than their state’s governor. Presumably, there are so many fewer of these cases because senators are reluctant to resign when the statehouse is in the other party’s hands. In 22 of those 25 cases, the governor proceeded to appoint a member of his own party rather than someone from the party of the resigning or deceased party.