New Jersey Democrats get the prize for the most shameless abuse of political power, again.
TRENTON - A Democratic state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would force Republican Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie to select a Democrat to replace New Jersey's U.S. senators - both of them Democrats - if either was unable to complete his term.
Assembly Majority Whip John F. McKeon of Essex County said he began to think about procedures to fill a vacant Senate seat after the recent death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D., Mass.).
McKeon's bill, introduced and referred to the State Government Committee yesterday in the final weeks of the legislative session, would require that the governor fill a seat within 30 days after it became vacant and that the appointee come from the same political party as the departed officeholder.