New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s last days in office may allow him high-stakes influence in shaping GOP national politics – by choosing to replace, even if only temporarily, a successor for the Garden State’s senior Democratic Sen Bob Menendez.
Menendez is scheduled to go on trial for corruption in September, and Politico reported there’s two scenarios that could see him leave Washington before Christie is term-limited out of office in January: If Menendez is convicted and the Senate acts quickly to expel him, or if he cuts a plea deal and leaves office even earlier.
Republicans’ slim two-vote majority in the Senate — and the fact some GOP incumbents up for re-election in 2018 reside in swing states — makes every vote crucial to pass President Donald Trump’s agenda, Politico noted.
Though Christie could tap someone from his inner circle for the position should it become vacant, some aren’t discounting…