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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie could face recall election in 2012

christie022410_optNJ-CAN's effort would need the signatures of 1.3 million New Jersey voters

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tim and Joanne O‘Neill of Collingswood and Newark-base pro-labor lawyer Bennet Zurofsky of Maplewood have set a big goal for their fledgling political organization, NJ-CAN: Late this year or early in 2012, they intend to seek the signatures of at least 1,317,000 of New Jersey’s 5.27 million registered voters — or 25 percent of them — to force an election to recall Gov. Chris Christie.

“A recall petition is not that difficult,” O‘Neill, a supervising clerk with the Camden County Board of Social Services said on Thursday. “It’s just a matter of getting people to sign it.”

O’Neill, who describes himself as a Democratic foot soldier since before Gov. Jim Florio was elected in 1989, said NJ-CAN’s announced plan to try to recall the Republican governor, so far, has garnered the endorsement of the Industrial Union Council and Labor for Peace and has caught the interest of firefighters union leaders.

O’Neill said the effort is not a disguise for the public employee unions who are enraged at Christie and 22 “Christiecrats” who teamed up with him to raise the cost of health and pension benefits for 550,000 state and local public workers in an effort to save the financially-struggling benefit system from ruin. But O’Neill added it was the decision of Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) and 20 other Democrats to join Christie in hiking the benefit costs that led him and his wife and Zurofsky to launch NJ-CAN.

O’Neill said NJ-CAN has no plan to attempt to recall the “Christiecrats,” and instead wants to go after them at the polls on Election Day.

It’s not impossible to recall a high-ranking public official but it isn’t easy.

Last year, a group calling itself NJ Against Chris Christie gave notice that it was moving to recall the governor even though he had been in office no more than six month. The group gave as its reason: “Gross mismanagement of New Jersey finances by overspending taxpayers’ money, threatening public safety by cutting funds to local governments, failing to account for the exorbitant cost of property taxes, and failing in general to deal with the state’s major problems until they get to the crisis stage.”

NJ Against Chris Christie never got off the ground.

In the past 90 years, two governors have been successfully recalled, Gray Davis in California in 2003 and Lynn Frazier of North Dakota in 1921. An effort to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is presently underway. The attempt by Wisconsin public employees to oust six Republican state senators that gained national attention earlier this week ended with the recall of two of them.

An attempt to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) ended in the state Supreme Court last year with a defeat for a New Jersey Tea Party faction that called itself The Committee to Recall Menendez. The court held there is no provision in the U.S. Constitution to recall a U.S. senator.

Nationally since 1911, there have been 23 noteworthy successful recalls, including River Vale Mayor Walter Jones and Council members Patricia Geier and Bernard Salmon in 1994 and Roosevelt Mayor Neil Marka in 2006. An attempt to recall Ridgefield Mayor Anthony R. Suarez that began in 2009 failed.

Besides having to find the many volunteers it would take to garner 1,317,000 signatures — there are 1.7 million registered Democrats and 2.4 million independents — the O’Neills and Zurofsky would need to form a recall committee and, if it raises money to finance a campaign, name a treasurer and file finance reports with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. They also would have to notify Christie of their intent within 30 days, an action that would allow the governor to form a Recall Defense Committee and raise money to defend his record. The state Secretary of State, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, would have to certify that the thousands of signatures were legitimate.

Eighteen states allow recall attempts. The first recall effort in what is now the United States occurred in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631.

But before moving to recall Christie, NJ-CAN has two other goals.



 
Comments (14)
14 Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:24
David Grant
This New York Idiot need's to be recalled...He's a Typical Republitard Tea-Bagger, and he's ruining this Sate, your taxes didn't decrease if your a Home-Owner he RAISED Taxes, and yet he gave himself a 10% Tax Decrease as his first Official Act... Come on New Jersey...Gov. Christie need's to be recalled more than Walker in Wisconsin... Now is the only time you will ever have to take back your Government...
13 Sunday, 21 August 2011 10:31
Steve Lindsay
It would not be easy but you could lead a country that would follow. The fact that the press would be tough on you is not a reason for not leading our nation.
If you throw your name in the mix for president, I will change my party to republican ( democrat since 68). I will campaign NC for you as much as you will allow me.
I have two grandchildren , I value your feelings about for your family, but for every leader that history called, they brought their family into history with them. I hope our God and your family will lead you into our history of America!!
All the best!
Steve Lindsay
12 Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:53
Tom Carroll
It is clear that the unions are pushing the buttons and / or pulling the strings depending on just how dumb these wack-a-dos are. Two things are still needed in NJ:
1. Right to work laws
2. Ban unions from being involved with employees who are being compensated with tax dollars
11 Tuesday, 16 August 2011 07:38
Rosario L. From Mount Laurel
Dear NJ Voters.......Christie has had the ambition, courage and vision to save this state. Please do one thing. Look at the debt and the treasury and then tell me whose interest is Christie protecting? Greedy blood sucking unions or the common person who sits on the side lines watching them trying to take down our economic system wiith inflated pensions and benefits. Unions have gone way too far and Christie has stood up againsty their tactics. I will crawl to the voting booth to re elect this man! The mess we are in is Bi-partisan blaming both Republicans and Democrats of the past and do not fool yourself thinking differently.
10 Monday, 15 August 2011 15:23
Hamnegger
This is so absurd as to be, well, absurd. What stupidiy especially in the wake of his approval ratings climbing to 50%.

Oh I forgot, the unions and people like Soros who back them, want to create a two class system in the US, rich and poor and unless you can afford 2 million dollar ring for a 26 year year old bimbo, you're in the poor category. Right after George croaks, I wonder what the unions and their henchmen bullies are going to do
9 Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:44
Mark G
Can tables be set up in front of DMV's across the country to ask people comin in to sign these petitions?
The LaRouch people have been planted in front of DMV's for years with their name gathering, andconspiracy theorizing. How about lettting some REAL democracy take a shot?
Set up recall petition tables in front of the DMV's.
Pretty much the only people going there are legal residents with or gettting drivers licenses and car registrations so that makes them qualified to sign right off the bat!
8 Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:44
Mark G
Can tables be set up in front of DMV's across the country to ask people comin in to sign these petitions?
The LaRouch people have been planted in front of DMV's for years with their name gathering, andconspiracy theorizing. How about lettting some REAL democracy take a shot?
Set up recall petition tables in front of the DMV's.
Pretty much the only people going there are legal residents with or gettting drivers licenses and car registrations so that makes them qualified to sign right off the bat!
7 Saturday, 13 August 2011 20:17
MadInNJ
The 1.37 million people required to sign the recall petition is MORE than the combined vote totals of Jon Corzine AND Chris Daggett. And those people came out to vote knowing how close the race would be.

A Recall Petition at the statewide level in NJ is nearly impossible, and there's now way they will even get half that many people to sign a petition.
6 Saturday, 13 August 2011 19:17
Patrick Lawler
If you organize count me in as boots on the ground...I'll spend every waking minute I can getting rid of him.
5 Saturday, 13 August 2011 00:54
PickyBiker
Union problems can be resolved with two simple actions; Pass the National Right To Work legislation and ban public sector unions.
4 Friday, 12 August 2011 15:26
marieB
AWESOME JOB. This joker needs to go. PRONTO. Let us know if you need help and say what you need help with.
3 Friday, 12 August 2011 14:18
Sal Capaldi
This is really funny. Everyone screams when election time comes near that we need someone that is not going to do what other elected officials do and really try to turn things around. So Chrisite is doing what needs to be done and now everyone is crying. This is why people have lost faith in our government period! I guess it ok for every body else to get fucked but god forbid don't touch our state workers. Everyone has to pay the price for all the thieves and corruption that has been going on in our government on every level. Instead of wasting time to oust Christie how about someone step forward with a real solution to all this. What cowards. And on a side note don't even mention Florio's name. Its all bullshit.
2 Friday, 12 August 2011 13:41
John Itanimulli
I can't stand Christie - but this is one of the most ridiculous things I've read recently. What an enormous waste - what the heck is the point of recalling someone already half way through their term? Best focus on the next election and put up a candidate that can beat him. Don't waste our time with this BS.
1 Friday, 12 August 2011 13:28
Tim O'Neill
I apologize if I wasn't clear during our phone conversation, so please allow me to clarify a few points on NJ-CAN's goals www.nj-can.org:
1. our 1st leg of the "DUMP THE CHRISTIE-CRATS" campaign is a petition to the Democratic leadership and the Democratic caucus in Trenton. it demands that Sweeney and Oliver be removed from their leadership positions in the Legislature.
2. the l2nd eg of the "DUMP THE CHRISTIE-CRATS" campaign is the write-in campaign is for the 2011 (Nov) election
3. the message is: "even if we don't unseat you this time, if you continue to put the people of NJ 2nd to the corporate lobby, then WE WILL BE BACK. We will be better organized, better funded, with an even larger force of disenchanted citizens who feel betrayed by those they elected and we will be even more committed to NOT SEEING YOUR NAMES ON THE NEXT NOV BALLOT.
4. the 3rd leg is the "Recall Christie Campaign" which will commence after the 2011 elections.
thank you for calling, it was my first interview.

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