For Christie, long-term benefits trump GOP gripes

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Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 3:04 AM

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is showing that he's willing to withstand Republican criticism for long-term gain.

Last week, the GOP governor declined to appoint a Republican to fill out the remaining 17 months of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term. Christie scheduled a special election for October instead.

And before that, Christie recently made a second appearance with President Barack Obama along the Jersey shore following Superstorm Sandy.

Some Republicans have criticized the moves, saying he puts his own political needs ahead of the party.

Christie says he just wanted to give people a voice by scheduling the special election for October, three weeks before he stands for re-election.

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