Asshole of the Day for June 4, 2013: Chris Christie
In a decision designed to make nobody happy except him, Chris Christie today announced a special election for the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat.
Not in 2014, as some Republicans had wanted.
Not on Election Day November 2013, as many fiscal conservatives and New Jersey taxpayers would have preferred.
No, the special election will be held on October 16, 2013. At a cost of $24 million.
Christie declared the money wasn’t important. Tell that to residents of his Sandy-battered state. Tell that to any American citizen who’s had her pre-natal care or Meals on Wheels cut by austerity-minded Republicans.
Why would Christie make such an asshole move? Because mega-popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s candidacy for the Senate seat would bring Democrats out in droves if the election were to be held on the same day as the Gubernatorial election. Even with Booker on the ballot, Christie would still have been expected to win re-election as Governor. And, normally, a win is a win. But this time, the margin of victory is what matters to Christie. A big win will set him up to be a major contender for the GOP 2016 Presidential nomination.
In effect, he’s just asked New Jersey taxpayers for an early $24 million-donation to his Presidential campaign. Asshole.