Source: Excerpted from the Bergen Record -
Two of Governor Christie’s most vocal critics in the Legislature say they will attempt to get him out of Trenton as he pursues a campaign for the White House. But the measure is as good as dead before even being introduced unless Christie, a Republican, flip-flops on his insistence that he won’t resign.
The Senate Majority Leader, Teaneck Democrat Loretta Weinberg, and Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, say they are drafting the details of a bill that would require New Jersey’s governor to resign once he or she declared a campaign for the presidency.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, who is also from Union County, dismissed the pending legislation as political theater.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Sen. Lesniak and Sen. Weinberg do not like Chris Christie,” Bramnick said. “It’s obviously a partisan attack on Governor Christie.”
Instead of “wasting the public’s time” on a dead-end proposal, Bramnick said, Democratic lawmakers should focus on lowering the cost of living in New Jersey.
Both Lesniak and Bramnick are considered as possible candidates.
If the legislation, which Lesniak said will be introduced on July 20, were to make it to his desk, Christie, who announced his bid for the White House last week, would then have to sign it. Christie has said repeatedly and emphatically that he will not resign.
Since Christie announced his campaign last Tuesday, he has had a fleeting presence in New Jersey. He traveled to New Hampshire following his announcement and stayed there until Saturday. He was in New Jersey on Monday, when he signed a handful of bills, and part of the day Tuesday. He is scheduled to spend the rest of the week in Idaho, at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference, an annual retreat hosted by the investment firm that draws a host of marquee celebrities, including, this year, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla founder Elon Musk, according to Variety magazine.
Christie has spent about 65 days out of New Jersey this year, after spending about 130 away in 2014. But Christie insists he is regularly plugged into his duties as governor, and said Friday, as he has before, that he “can walk and chew gum at the same time.”
Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Republican leader who is also from Union County, said he “can’t believe that the Senate President would allow a bill of this nature to advance in the Legislature.”
“I think the majority party has finally jumped the shark,” Kean said.