On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lampooned the “corrupt abuse of power” occurring in his home state of New Jersey.
Following the death of New Jersey’s Sen. Frank Lautenburg (D), Gov. Chris Christie had the option of either holding a special election in October or delaying the election for three weeks so it coincided with the November elections.
Stewart noted the New Jersey governor specifically addressed in 2009 what he would do if Lautenberg died in office. He said holding a special election would be costly and irresponsible.
But Christie apparently had a change of heart. He has set a special election for October 16. The Republican governor claimed he wanted to have an elected senator as soon as possible.
“Three weeks of work in the Senate is basically 28 lobbyist meet-and-greets, 14 days of old man smell acclimation, and 6 filibusters,” Stewart remarked. “You’re paying $4 million a week? What are you up to, Christie?”
Christie allegedly picked the October special election because he fears Newark mayor Cory Booker will run for the Senate, potentially driving a strong Democratic turnout and hurting his re-election chances.
“That is such a self-serving, corrupt abuse of power — I miss New Jersey so much. It’s just hard to see corrupt abuse of power and not think about home.”
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