The Governor really has no great positions here. The electorate of the people’s Republic of New Jersey will demand a moderate (knowing full well that it is the Governor’s prerogative to nominate an interim Senator of his own party to replace the recently deceased Frank Lautenberg). The batshit insane wing of his own party will take such a move as tantamount to treason, and would all but torpedo Christie’s chances in 2016. If he nominates a full-blown wingnut not only will said presumptive nominee get massacred in the special election (and it’s not like appointees do particularly well anyway), but the stink of failure and the insane rhetoric sure to flow from that candidate will stick to Christie and ruin all that bipartisan good will and love he gets from the blue and purple electorate in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.