A group of New Jersey Democratic lawmakers have vowed to introduce a bill that would force Gov. Christie Christie (R) to step down in order to run for president. The proposal, expected to be introduced in the days to come, is being sponsored by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) as well as Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D), NJ.com reports. They say Christie has been missing in action during his third gubernatorial term — often traveling to early primary states like New Hampshire — due to his presidential campaign, which he made official last week.
"He's not doing the state any good by spending the bulk of his time out of state," Lesniak told NJ.com. "And even when he's in-state, he's focusing on what he has to do to get elected president — which often runs contrary to what he ought to do for the state."
If the bill were to move forward, Democrats would need the votes of a few Republicans to override Christie's likely veto of the bill, Lesniak acknowledged.
But the Democrat also suggested jokingly that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), the state's acting governor when Christie is traveling, could sign the bill on a day Christie is out of town for his campaign.
"She has always said that the day that I sign a bill without his approval is my last day on the job," said Lesniak, laughing, "But in this case, that would be his last day on the job. It would be mischievous, although he would do the same thing to us if the shoes were reversed."