Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Senator Frank Lautenberg died early Monday morning yet the November special election race to replace him as New Jersey's next US Senator is well underway. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who will appear on the November ballot as well with appoint an interim US Senator who will most likely be a Republican and a candidate for the Senate in November and then again in 2014 for a full six year term. Speculation is that Christie is looking for a well respected moderate Republican who can win the seat in November....good luck finding a moderate in the Republican Party unless Christie were to appoint himself but then again the ambitious governor has White House aspirations that a Governor Christie would be better positioned to attain then a freshman Senator Christie. My guess is that Christie will look at Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno or maybe state Sen. Tom Kean. On the Democratic side Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is already running for the Senate and expected to win the nomination and probably the New Jersey Senate seat. Polls show Booker the heavy favorite over potential Democratic primary challengers Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt. The young progressive elected Newark Mayor in 2006 is already viewed as a potential future Democratic President. The race to replace Lautenberg will heat up and right now the smart money is on Booker.