Bad news: Geraldo probably not running for Senate in New Jersey now

posted at 7:21 pm on June 3, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m as broken up about it as you are. The good news: Geraldo’s sufficiently in touch with reality to recognize “I’m the last person I believe Governor Christie will consider right now.” (He’d “definitely” take the call, though.) The bad news: We’ll apparently never know the many bloggy glories that a “Geraldo for Senate” campaign would have provided. One thing I don’t understand, though, is why Frank Lautenberg’s death would cause Geraldo to drop his flirtation with running. When he first announced in January that he was thinking of jumping in, he said, “Wondering how folks feel about me running in N.J. under GOP banner against either Lautenberg or Booker for U.S. Senate?” He wasn’t imagining a Senate vacancy before then; he was prepared to take on the incumbent Lautenberg or the up-and-comer Booker, who polled even better. (Lautenberg announced that he wouldn’t run again in 2014 two weeks later.) Maybe he came to believe that he could beat an 89-year-old incumbent but not Booker — although in that case, he should have dropped out once Lautenberg announced his retirement, no? Or am I taking this lame, Trump-ish “I’m running — maybe!” publicity stunt entirely too seriously?

Anyway, the more interesting electoral question is whom Christie will choose to appoint to Lautenberg’s vacant seat. He can’t possibly cross the aisle and name a Democrat, right? I think he has a better (but still small) chance than most people think to win the nomination in 2016, partly because he’ll do well with moderates while the conservative vote splits and partly because low-information voters might be drawn to his persona. We know only too well after the last two primaries that you don’t need to be a conservative to be the GOP’s nominee. You do have to be a Republican, though, and if he goes so far as to name a Democrat, that’ll hurt him I think even with GOP centrists; it’s a killer arrow in the attack on Christie for being an independent/Democrat in Republican clothing. My hunch is that he’ll name his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, to the vacancy and that she’ll vote with the Democrats on the key bills likely to hit the floor over the next year, from immigration to a renewed Toomey/Manchin background-check effort. Conservatives will hate that but low-information national Republicans will only know that he appointed a fellow GOPer when he had the chance. Box checked.


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Once again, a RINO enters the race to save the Democrats. I’m really not sure Corey Booker can’t win anyway, but at least put someone with some credentials up against him.

bflat879 on June 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

The good news: Geraldo’s sufficiently in touch with reality to recognize “I’m the last person I believe Governor Christie will consider right now.”

The same cannot be confirmed of Christie.

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

RINO

philw1776 on June 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Or am I taking this lame, Trump-ish “I’m running — maybe!” publicity stunt entirely too seriously?

We have a winner. Geraldo just wants some attention.

rbj on June 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Jerry Rivers, as fake as the mayor of Los Angles, Tony Valar.

GarandFan on June 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

C’mon Christie. Just get it over with and nominate Bruce Springsteen. You know you wanna. Ooh, what song do you think he’d use for his campaign? (eyeroll)

CitizenEgg on June 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

but low-information national Republicans will only know that he appointed a fellow GOPer when he had the chance. Box checked.

This is the real news. Need to get rid of these guys.

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

If Christie nominates someone with an R behind his/her name, that person will be up in a special election this year so the voters can oust him/her in favor of the Rat they (including Christie) really want in the seat. If he goes across the aisle (which the idiots in New Hampshire seem to like), there won’t be a special election this year in order to ensure his victory.

Even though we’re long past the normal 70 days before the primary timeframe for a statutory special election, we’re still a couple weeks from the timeframe for a called special election.

Steve Eggleston on June 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I think the idea is that if there is an incumbent Republican, there would be no need for Geraldo to primary them and thus his path would be obstructed. I don’t really care though, we know Booker is gonna win anyways.

vegconservative on June 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Who’s the bigger whore? Geraldo for attention or Allahpundit for blogworthy stories????

discuss../

ted c on June 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

“Where is another superstorm when you need it” – Crispy

Electrongod on June 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

EG wins it.

ted c on June 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

gang of eight hardest hit.

Lost in Jersey on June 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Fox News hardest hit.

portlandon on June 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

ted c on June 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

It’s not easy to keep providing fresh blogworthy material; trust me. It’s either this or the SocSecurity Trustees report, and AP tried a couple different angles on that in the comments.

Steve Eggleston on June 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Weekend viewers of Fox News hardest hit.

portlandon on June 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

ReWrite™ engaged for accuracy.

Steve Eggleston on June 3, 2013 at 7:38 PM

You mean we can’t get Geraldo Rivera off the air (cable)? Blast!!

Kevin K. on June 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I know steve. I’m just ribbin’ him…

ted c on June 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Headlines, even. Where’s that edit comment feature, dammit?

Steve Eggleston on June 3, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Pick me, Chris! Pick me!

Punchenko on June 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Showing our respect for the awesomeness of the Senate. Here are a few possible candidates to join the elite club of our betters.

A pile of excrement from a Porta-Potty in Hoboken (pick one).

Snooki from Jersey Shore

Any complete moron off the street in any city or town in the Garden State.

Bruce Springsteen

David Letterman, who cares where he lives.

Frank Lautenberg

Rosanne

Cher

Madonna

Jay-Z

Whitney Houston

Any piece of gum on any boardwalk in the state

A vanilla wafer

A lego

Anne Hathaway

Jean Stapleton

Dan Rather

Bo, the Portugese water dog of the Obama’s.

Chelsea CLINTON, any Bush or heck even Sasha and Melia

ANY of these options would bring the I.Q. of the Senate and it’s leadership team up a notch or two.

PappyD61 on June 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You’ve got to admit that Geraldo has no shortage of ego. If he’s going to jump into politics, he isn’t going to go for something he might be remotely qualified for- he’s going for the Senate just like Hillary who was so unfit for office they had to park Joe Lieberman next to her at the first State of the Union to make sure she didn’t make a fool of herself.

NJ has a fat ass as Governor. They’ve suffered a storm where a lot of rich people lost their beachfront second homes. They don’t need to become as big a joke as MN when it comes to the US Senate. You made the right move Geraldo just keep in being Fox News’ male version of Greta.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

And seriously he might as well go ahead and pick Booker.

Christ Christie is a Progressive, big gov loving, Obama boot kissing guy anyway just pick the obvious and get it over with.

PappyD61 on June 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I guess calling geraldo a d¡ckhead sent my comment to purgatory, oh well.

D-fusit on June 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

ANY of these options would bring the I.Q. of the Senate and it’s leadership team up a notch or two.

PappyD61 on June 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Have we determined if nonpartisan is a resident of NJ?

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Frank Lautenberg

PappyD61 on June 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hey! You mock but appointing Frank Lautenberg would be sweet poetic justice. Remember how he got the job the second time? The Torch refused to resign until he had no choice and BY LAW he should have been the rat on the ballot. Well the NJ Dems ignored the law, like Dems always do, and demanded that Lautenberg be put on the ballot instead.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Okay. I hated illegals but I gave jeraldo a pass. Now I hate all illegals.

crash72 on June 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Frank Lautenberg

PappyD61 on June 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

well he’s going to keep voting democrat for years to come, so they might as well leave him in the senate.

Lost in Jersey on June 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

O/T But is bluegill Kasie Hunt, the intrepid political writer for NBC?
http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/03/18700047-as-two-prominent-gop-women-fade-a-question-of-how-to-woo-female-voters?lite

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

In NJ dead people regularly vote so why can’t Lautenberg continue as senator? Just wheel his mummified body into the senate floor on critical votes.

MaiDee on June 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Ya couldn’t wait until at least one day to make this Senator’s death all about you huh Chump?

What a classless maroon.

can_con on June 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

…is there a vault involved?

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

If Christie somehow wins the nomination in 2016 I will vote Democrat for he first time in my life just to destroy the Gelded Old Party.I figure if I held my nose to vote for two RINO’s I can bring a barf bag and vote for the Democrap.Seriously folks we are supposed to be an opposition party, not a shadow for the Progressive/Socialists.

redware on June 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Hmmm… Major Dem donors (including Soros) flock to Christie.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/major_democratic_donors_flock.html#incart_river

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Maybe he came to believe that he could beat an 89-year-old incumbent but not Booker — although in that case, he should have dropped out once Lautenberg announced his retirement, no? Or am I taking this lame, Trump-ish “I’m running — maybe!” publicity stunt entirely too seriously?

He realises that Christie would never appoint him. So, in addition to contemplating running against Booker, he has to have come to understand that he would also have to run against Christie’s replacement in the primary, assuming that the Gov appoints a Republican.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

If Kyrillos loses his primary tomorrow (and I was out canvassing today!) Christie might appoint him. Right now, Christie’s body is bigger than his RINO horn; I can’t say that of Kyrillos.

OTOH, such an appointment would advertise the rot in Christie’s coattails.

njcommuter on June 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

“I’m the last person I believe Governor Christie will consider right now.”

Well, he might need his lawn mowed.

But you’d prolly #*$k that up, so no dice.

BigWyo on June 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Well, in order to be considered for this seat, first, one must be approved by obama, and secondly, one must be willing to take a late-night, hot fudge and whipped-cream bath with Chris Christie – so, at least Geraldo is on the short list.

Pork-Chop on June 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

In other news, SSM Booker has mysteriously been absent from his Twitter career today.

Connie on June 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

but low-information national Republicans will only know that he appointed a fellow GOPer when he had the chance. Box checked.

This is the real news. Need to get rid of these guys.

nobar on June 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

There are no “low information voters.” Period. End of story.

After all, there is a big difference between “low information” and “loser moderates.”

Myron Falwell on June 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Douche. Thank goodness his string was still attached.

S. D. on June 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I’m guessing Corzine.

cthulhu on June 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

On Geraldo’s logic, it’s about having a shot in the primary. Geraldo’s plan was getting the “screw it, why not Geraldo? He’s, I dunno, famous? Kinda? It’d be funny, at least.” vote. Like how people elected Schwartzenegger. But even if the NJ GOP was feeling that kind of apathy, voting for the person already in office is easier.

galenrox on June 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Personally I think Christie should appoint Bruce Springsteen, and then run against him. With his campaign consisting almost exclusively of insulting parodies of Bryan Adams songs. Not even politically insulting, but personally. Making fun of him for looking like a homeless person.

galenrox on June 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I never believed for a second that Geraldo was running.

Like Donald Trump, Geraldo only exists to promote himself. If publicly toying with such a ridiculous idea gets more people to listen to his just-launched radio show or to see his Fox shows, what harm could it do?

Myron Falwell on June 3, 2013 at 10:47 PM

No great loss if Gerald O doesn’t run for Senate. He’s a lefty through and through, and only took the Fox News gig covering the war in Afghanistan to bolster his credentials with liberals who might be hawkish on military issues, like Joe Lieberman. If he won the GOP primary, New Jersey voters would lose the opportunity to elect a non-liberal to the Senate.

As for Lautenberg’s replacement, a better choice would be former NJ Governor Tom Kean, who has the advantage of having already been elected statewide in NJ, and is well-known to the voters. Kean would then have the opportunity to position himself (by his votes in the Senate) in the best way win election to a full term in 2014.

Kean might be perceived as a RINO by some here at HotAir, but a HotAir conservative could not win election in New Jersey. New Jersey would be better off with a centrist who might vote with the Republicans 50-60% of the time than with a Democrat (like NJ’s other Senator Menendez) who votes to the left 100% of the time. Also, even if a centrist Republican or RINO wins a Senate seat from NJ in 2014, that reduces the number of pickups needed for Republicans to control the Senate from 6 to 5, which is a step toward taking the Senate agenda out of the hands of Harry Reid.

Steve Z on June 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM