Governor Christie seems to prefer slow jamming democracy more so than the news these days after deciding to contradict himself by calling for a special election, a stunt that will wind up costing the state roughly $25 million. It has caused much ire and confusion, and, in fact, lawmakers in one NJ county are going so far as to refuse to distribute the roughly $850,000 needed to fund the state’s special election for U.S. Senate in mid-October. While I still do not know exactly what the heck it is that Freeholders do and always just thought they were special people from the city of Freehold, however, are quite concerned over the needless economic burden the special election will have on tax payers. The Union County Board of Freeholders, for example, claimed the special election would create a “financial hardship” for the county. And adding more confusion, they said that they received no assurances from state officials that the county would be reimbursed for a portion of the special election’s costs. It should be noted that the board is all democratic, although freeholders aren’t exactly hardened Washingtonian partisans.
The all-Democratic board also passed a resolution Thursday that asks the Republican governor to reconsider his decision to schedule the October election, citing “fiscal prudence” as the motivator. NJ Democrats citing fiscal prudence? Maybe those aren’t cicadas buzzing all around the state, but rather locusts.
“This is bad governing,” freeholder Mohamed Jalloh said. “If this was not the governor’s decision … regardless of party affiliation, he would say this is irresponsible. And I’m sure he would phrase that in lot stronger terms than I would. I think this hurts all of New Jersey.” (NJ Herald)
Although rejecting a lawsuit challenging Christie’s special election, the State Supreme Court said that it would consider aN expedited review of his decision.