Calling Governor Christie an embarrassment and a disgrace, The Asbury Park Press and five other Gannet newspapers in New Jersey, called The Donald’s new backdrop to step down in an editorial posted last night.
While the APP has captured the sentiment of much of New Jersey, Christie resigning is about as likely as Senate President Steve Sweeney giving Judge David Bauman a confirmation hearing for his nomination to the State Supreme Court. It’s not going to happen. The only way Christie gives up the perks of his office voluntarily before the end of his term is if he is elected or appointed to a senior position in the Trump Administration.
The APP editorial board says that if Christie doesn’t resign (does anyone really think he would take Sara Palin’s career path?) that New Jersey citizens should initiate a recall effort.
The problem with that is that New Jersey’s recall process is designed to fail. Here’s a summary of the process and the governing laws.
Even if a recall committee is found, by the recall election official, to have all their ducks in a row before circulating a petition, 1,154,282 registered voters (25% of New Jersey registered voters) would have to personally sign a petition for recall. Electronic petitions won’t fly. A recall election would have to be held on or before to June 7, 2017; six months before the next election for governor.
New Jersey’s best hope for being rid of Chris Christie prior to January, 2018 is for Donald Trump to be elected president.