The Corner

Christie Rejected 2014 Option

Governor Chris Christie is expected to call for an October 2013 special Senate election at a press conference this afternoon in Trenton, N.J.

But did he have other options?

According to a legal document obtained by National Review, Christie did. He could have appointed a Republican to serve out the remainder of Frank Lautenberg’s term, with the next election to be held in November 2014, rather than a special election this year.

The governor may make a temporary appointment and that person would serve until someone is elected at the next succeeding general election, held in November of 2014. The winner thereof would serve a full six-year term beginning in January of 2015.

Insiders tell me that the November 2014 option was advised as the best course of action by national GOP officials, but Christie decided to go his own way.

Albert Porroni, the counsel for the Garden State legislature’s office of legislative services, wrote the memo, which was sent on Monday.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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