(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had some "pretty good fights" with Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But Lautenberg's death early Monday puts the Republican governor in a pretty good bind in replacing him.
"It's no mystery that Senator Lautenberg and I didn't always agree," Christie said Monday of the liberal Democrat. "In fact, it probably is more honest to say we very often didn't agree, and we had some pretty good fights between us over time - battles on philosophy and the role of government."
Nothing tricky about it. Find a good replacement, and put him in the job to represent the people, until an election can be held.
Appointing anyone other than a Democrat would be a slap in the face to New Jersey voters. Appointing a radical right-wing Teahadist would be a kick in the teeth. Hope Christie chooses wisely if he wants to maintain his fairly "broad" (no pun intended) appeal.