Democratic state lawmakers will soon introduce legislation that would force Gov. Chris Christie to resign from office because he is running for president, NJ Advance Media has learned.
State Sens. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), who are expected to co-sponsor the bill, said they are fed up with Christie's frequent absences from New Jersey this year in the run-up to last week's announcement that he's running for the White House. The bill would require Christie and any future governor to resign in order to run for president.
"He's not doing the state any good by spending the bulk of his time out of state," Lesniak said. "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."
Christie has been out of state for more than a third of his second term and more than half of this year.
In a Monmouth poll released last week, when asked if Christie should resign as governor now that he's announced a run for president, 57% said yes, 37% said no.
So there might just be enough ground support to get this legislation going.
Those numbers might go even higher when you tell people Christie's been out of state for more than a third of his second term and more than half of 2015.
Though to be fair, the more he's out of New Jersey, the less harm he's doing here.
Dems would need some GOP votes to override Christie'e inevitable veto.
They're likely not going to get those, but it'll be fun getting Christie on record defending his absences.