In the absence of a viable Democratic candidate, my state has apparently wound up with serial traffic violator and corrupt former US attorney Chris Christie.
I believe we should move to mount a recall campaign immediately, a provision established in 1995, in the hopes of getting a recall question on the ballot for the next election.
From Ballotpedia, here are the laws governing a recall election in New Jersey:
The citizens of New Jersey are granted the authority to perform a recall election by the New Jersey Constitution, Article I, Section 2b to all elective officers after the first year of the term for which the incumbent was elected.
Notice of Intention
A recall committee of at least three registered voters is needed to initiate recall proceedings. This process may not begin until 50 days before the completion of the incumbent's first year of the current term in office. The recall committee must notify the appropriate election official of the names and addresses of at least three members of the recall committee. The election official accepting the petition will then review the notice of intention for compliance with statutory provisions, calculate the cost of a special election, and notify committee members of the acceptance or rejection of the notice, within three business days. The election official also notifies the incumbent of the notice of intention of recall within five business and publishes a notice of the recall effort.
Upon approval of the petition, the recall committee and other registered voters in the jurisdiction of the recall election will solicit the signatures of other registered voters in that jurisdiction. The recall effort is limited to 320 days for a Governor or 160 days for other elected officials from the date of the notice of intention. The petition requires the signatures of 25% of the registered voters in the jurisdiction, as of the last general election.
The election official reviewing the petition will then certify the number of signatures and determine validity within 10 days. If the petition is accepted, the election official will schedule the recall election.
New Jersey Division of Elections
44 South Clinton Avenue, 7th Floor
P.O. Box 304
Trenton, NJ 08625-0304
The people of New Jersey should not be saddled with this corrupt, contemptuous a-hole for governor just because the pompous self-absorbed democratic incumbent refused to step down to allow the possibility of a better candidate. The democratic mayor of the smallest town in New Jersey would have done better in this state than Jon Corzine, whom everyone knew was heavily disliked by a large percentage of the population. We deserve the opportunity to have an election with a viable democratic candidate.
Anyone with me?