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(Talking Points Memo)   Lautenberg decides not to run for reelection. Booker. Done   (livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 26
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2013-02-15 10:44:27 AM
I would have been absolutely floored if the 88-year-old Lautenberg had decided to both run for another term and sabotage Cory Booker in that way.
 
2013-02-15 10:46:05 AM
Meh.  If Booker ends up in some scandal that makes him unelectable, Lautenberg would step back in.
 
2013-02-15 11:02:00 AM
Lautenberg should have retired about 20 years ago. Nobody should have 3 decades in public office-Nobody.
 
2013-02-15 11:03:31 AM
Booker definitely has the intelligence and energy to bring positive things to the Senate. And in New Jersey, he's almost guaranteed to win that seat. What I wonder is whether or not the dysfunction of the Senate and Congress, especially when compared to the hands-on control he has as a mayor, will crush his spirit within a year.
 
2013-02-15 11:05:04 AM

hasty ambush: Lautenberg should have retired about 20 years ago. Nobody should have 3 decades in public office-Nobody.


Why would you deprive the voters of New Jersey their choice of elected representatives?
 
2013-02-15 11:09:31 AM

qorkfiend: I would have been absolutely floored if the 88-year-old Lautenberg had decided to both run for another term and sabotage Cory Booker in that way.


He kind of already started to try the latter.
 
2013-02-15 11:16:03 AM
term limits
//that is all
 
2013-02-15 11:20:53 AM

monoski: term limits
//that is all


would achieve what exactly. You think the new tea party candidates that were swept in in 2010 that got rid of moderate incumbents improved things?
 
2013-02-15 11:21:44 AM
Shirley:  He could grow up to be president someday!
LaVerne:  Are you kidding?  He's got a broken arm, no shoes, and a LOT of other problems!
 
2013-02-15 11:48:01 AM

qorkfiend: I would have been absolutely floored if the 88-year-old Lautenberg had decided to both run for another term and sabotage Cory Booker in that way.


I wouldn't. He desperately wants to continue to be relevant, regardless of the circumstance. My guess is that the real reason he isn't running is because the NJ party bosses basically told him in no uncertain terms that he was either going to retire "voluntarily", or every single thing in his folder of secrets was going to be released during the campaign. (And don't think for a second that George Norcross, Stephen Adubato Sr, and the others don't actively keep files on each and every politician they control.)  They have deemed Booker as the "Next Chosen One", and certainly aren't going to let an old man stand in their way.

qorkfiend: Why would you deprive the voters of New Jersey their choice of elected representatives?


I'm genuinely curious as to whether this is a real statement, or a snark based on how he got back into office after retiring the first time.
 
2013-02-15 11:59:33 AM

dittybopper: Meh.  If Booker ends up in some scandal that makes him unelectable, Lautenberg would step back in.


Especially if the Republican running is winning in the polls, it's less than six weeks before the election, and the State Supreme Court conveniently ignores the state constitution and allows the democrats to replace their candidate.
 
2013-02-15 12:01:45 PM

Joe_diGriz: qorkfiend: I would have been absolutely floored if the 88-year-old Lautenberg had decided to both run for another term and sabotage Cory Booker in that way.

I wouldn't. He desperately wants to continue to be relevant, regardless of the circumstance. My guess is that the real reason he isn't running is because the NJ party bosses basically told him in no uncertain terms that he was either going to retire "voluntarily", or every single thing in his folder of secrets was going to be released during the campaign. (And don't think for a second that George Norcross, Stephen Adubato Sr, and the others don't actively keep files on each and every politician they control.)  They have deemed Booker as the "Next Chosen One", and certainly aren't going to let an old man stand in their way.


The man is currently 89, would be 90 when elected, and 96 at the end of his next term if he won; I very much doubt he needed any pressure to get him to retire. The fact that he's already retired once, voluntarily, belies the assertion that he's someone who "desperately wants to continue to be relevant, regardless of circumstance". Booker is the logical successor because he's an extremely popular Democratic politician in a state party that's still reeling from the Corzine disaster.

Joe_diGriz: qorkfiend: Why would you deprive the voters of New Jersey their choice of elected representatives?

I'm genuinely curious as to whether this is a real statement, or a snark based on how he got back into office after retiring the first time.


It's a response to someone's desire for term limits, which I think are a bad idea.
 
2013-02-15 12:15:54 PM
Say hi to Lautenberg for me!
 
2013-02-15 12:21:55 PM

Joe_diGriz: My guess is that the real reason he isn't running is because the NJ party bosses basically told him in no uncertain terms that he was either going to retire "voluntarily", or every single thing in his folder of secrets was going to be released during the campaign. (And don't think for a second that George Norcross, Stephen Adubato Sr, and the others don't actively keep files on each and every politician they control.)


It doesn't require a massive conspiracy to explain why an 88-year-old man does not want to run for a six-year term.
 
2013-02-15 12:25:44 PM

hasty ambush: Lautenberg should have retired about 20 years ago. Nobody should have 3 decades in public office-Nobody.


Frank "The Laut" Lautenberg stepped in to save the day when Bob "The Torch" Torricelli started stinking up the place by receiving illegal campaign donations from  North Korea-connected David Chang. Frank kept the seat from falling into the hands of the eeeeeevil Republicans. You should be thanking him. And the New Jersey Supreme Court (Motto: "Laws are what we say they are, not what's been written down and voted on") , which let the Dems substitute him on the ballot long after the deadline had passed .
 
2013-02-15 12:42:20 PM
Regardless of your own personal faith, Booker is the closest I have ever seen to a politician trying, through his actual actions, to embody the message, actions, and teaching of Jesus.

Dude has committed himself to inspiring positivity in those who may have given up, enriching a community that the rest of New Jersey has shunned and tried to forget about, and sees himself as a public servant for those in need - all of it is an amazing breath of fresh air (or as fresh as air gets in Newark).

I'm scared our bitter, jaded, and utterly dysfunctional national government will squelch all the inspiring positivity out of him.
 
2013-02-15 12:44:39 PM
Sorry, that's teachingS not teaching.

I should also stress Booker doesn't mix religion and politics - not even sure he is Christian to be honest.
 
2013-02-15 01:47:57 PM

organizmx: I should also stress Booker doesn't mix religion and politics - not even sure he is Christian to be honest.


He's a Christian.

He'd also be a nice injection of younger blood into the Senate.
 
2013-02-15 02:36:16 PM

jjorsett: the eeeeeevil Republicans.


Maybe we wouldn't think of your fellow Republicans as eeeeeevil if they voted someone into office who wasn't eeeeeevil for a change. Get off your cross and while you're at it, go fark yourself. The GOP has failed in its duties as the opposition party. You bring nothing to the table. You refuse to compromise or work with Democrats to craft sensible, fair legislation. You put the precious (R) before the (USA) and it's not just the Democrats who are fed up with it. Then you have the absolute balls to whine about how nobody likes you.
 
2013-02-15 03:05:15 PM

jjorsett: hasty ambush: Lautenberg should have retired about 20 years ago. Nobody should have 3 decades in public office-Nobody.

Frank "The Laut" Lautenberg stepped in to save the day when Bob "The Torch" Torricelli started stinking up the place by receiving illegal campaign donations from  North Korea-connected David Chang. Frank kept the seat from falling into the hands of the eeeeeevil Republicans. You should be thanking him. And the New Jersey Supreme Court (Motto: "Laws are what we say they are, not what's been written down and voted on") , which let the Dems substitute him on the ballot long after the deadline had passed .



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2013-02-15 03:19:56 PM
Why, is that a Warren-Booker combo coming up in the near future?

I do believe it is.
 
2013-02-15 06:26:02 PM
Bad form.  The New Jersey way is to resign for "health reasons" about a year and a half before your last term is up.  Then the senator and party bosses name an interim senator.  Then the interim senator runs as an incumbent.
 
2013-02-15 08:02:50 PM

Earguy: Bad form.  The New Jersey way is to resign for "health reasons" about a year and a half before your last term is up.  Then the senator and party bosses name an interim senator.  Then the interim senator runs as an incumbent.


The New Jersey Constitution gives the Governor the right/responsibility for choosing an interim Senator, not the outgoing Senator or party bosses. Go spread your ignorance somewhere else.
 
2013-02-15 08:16:55 PM

The Why Not Guy: Earguy: Bad form.  The New Jersey way is to resign for "health reasons" about a year and a half before your last term is up.  Then the senator and party bosses name an interim senator.  Then the interim senator runs as an incumbent.

The New Jersey Constitution gives the Governor the right/responsibility for choosing an interim Senator, not the outgoing Senator or party bosses. Go spread your ignorance somewhere else.


You are correct.  My mistake.  Last time it happened the governor was a democrat.  Mea culpa.
 
2013-02-15 11:26:50 PM

The Why Not Guy: Earguy: Bad form.  The New Jersey way is to resign for "health reasons" about a year and a half before your last term is up.  Then the senator and party bosses name an interim senator.  Then the interim senator runs as an incumbent.

The New Jersey Constitution gives the Governor the right/responsibility for choosing an interim Senator, not the outgoing Senator or party bosses. Go spread your ignorance somewhere else.


Which is exactly why with a Republican governor and the other state senator being investigated by the FBI for screwing underage Dominican hookers, it didn't seem wise for Lautenberg to go again.  In a year's time, NJ could go from 2 Dem senators to 2 republican senators...that would be unacceptable.
 
2013-02-16 09:41:19 AM
Senators Takeheraway and Booker
 
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