That's not what the statute says. It's fairly easy to prove that, if you pay attention to the interlocking provisions and what they would mean on the interpretation you're proffering.
Let's break it down:
"If a vacancy shall happen in the representation of this State in the United States senate, it shall be filled at the general election next succeeding the happening thereof,"Your interpretation would have this read "at the general election immediately preceding the end of the term" (i.e. if the term ran until 2016, then in the Nov. 2015 general election). If all that is saying is "the spot shall be filled by election as scheduled, what's the law adding?
On your interpretation, if a senator dies (or is impeached, retires, etc.) within 70 days of the end of his term, the law postpones the election of his replacement until the election 6 years later (since the "second succeeding general election" would mean "the second succeeding election for senator"). That seems to be a clearly unreasonable reading of the law
"unless such vacancy shall happen within 70 days next preceding such election, in which case it shall be filled by election at the second succeeding general election,"
Still not buying it, doggin. Why would Christie, a lawyer, think he had options? It was presented as " I will allow the people to decide". Meaning election now rather than at the end of Lautenberg's term in 2014.
As you know language can have "interpretations". Hence a need for people such yourself. I still think he played it smart for his short term.
dead meat for 2016. Rick Perry may resurrect BTW - heard him last night
If we read it your way, the Governor would be required to hold the election in the next General Election for Newark City Dogcatcher if it came first.
Regardless, I've spent more time dicussing this guy that I prefer, and I loathe discussing of the various states various stupid ass ways of doing business. I don't really actually care one way or the other, so if I'm wrong I'm wrong. /out
Rubio and Paul will be dead to me (politically) if they pass the Immigration Reform Bill.
The odious, unctuous ethnic panderer Rubio we can somehow fathom.
Rand Paul caring more about social libertarianism than fiscal conservatism we cannot.
The TP House guys have a chance to scuttle this - here's hoping they do.
Party affiliation. Skin color. Easy-to-grasp-generalizations.
Campaign promises and issues don't even approach the importance of the three pillars above in terms of a candidate's electability. And that goes a long way in explaining the Obama administration's remarkable shortcomings.