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  • Aired:  06/05/13
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Governor Chris Christie embraces New Jersey's proud tradition of abusing political power. (6:54)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO DAILY SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

GUEST TONIGHT, WE HAVE A GOOD

ONE FOR YOU TONIGHT.

MY GUEST TONIGHT JON FAVREAU WHO

IS EITHER ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF

IRONMAN OR THE FORMER CHIEF'S

SPEECH WRITER OF PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

I DO NOT KNOW AND I HAVE NOT

ASKED.

WE'RE GOING TO START TONIGHT

ACROSS THE HUDSON RIVER WHERE

LONG-TIME NEW JERSEY SENATOR

FRANK LAUDENBERG SADLY HAS

PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 89

LEAVING MY HOME STATE OF NEW

JERSEY TEMPORARILY

UNREPRESENTED.

YES, MY HOME STATE, NEW JERSEY.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS.

BUY BOURGEOIS PRONUNCIATION, MY

TASTE FOR EXOTIC SEX BOYS THAT I

MAY SEEM LIKE A SOME PHYSICIAN

TICKED AND URBANE NEW YORKER BUT

AT HEART I'M JUST A JERSEY BOY

NOSTALGIC FOR THE GARDEN STATE'S

WINDING COUNTRY ROADS.

HISTORIC CART-A-COMBS.

AND AMBER WAVES OF PIZZA.

YOU KNOW, MY GRANDFATHER...

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

MY GRANDFATHER CAME TO THIS

COUNTRY, WORKED NIGHT AND DAY IN

THE PIZZA FIELDS JUST SO HE

COULD FEED HIS FAMILY.

IRONICALLY.

ANYWAY, MY BELOVED STATE FINDS

ITSELF ONE SENATOR DOWN.

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS

CHRISTIE HAS THREE OPTIONS.

>> GOVERNOR DECIDES TO SET A

SPECIAL ELECTION SOMETIME THIS

FALL.

IT COULD BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 5.

>> AND THE THIRD WAS TO DO IT IN

NOVEMBER 2014, HAVE A

PLACE-HOLDER UNTIL THEN.

>> Jon: OR NUMBER FOUR, DRIVE

FIVE GUYS IN A VAN DOWN TO THE

PINE BARRENS AT MIDNIGHT.

BY THE TIME MORNING COMES, YOU

GOT ONE SENATOR IN THE CAR.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

PLENTY OF LEG ROOM.

IT'S A VAN.

SO, APPOINT SOMEONE... APPOINT

SOMEONE.

WHAT?

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT HE HAD

TAKEN AT SEARS.

WE CAN APPOINT SOMEONE UNTIL

LAUTENBERG'S TERM WOULD BE UP

WHICH IS NOVEMBER 2014 OR YOU

FILL THE SEAT SOONER DURING THE

ALREADY SCHEDULED NOVEMBER 2013

GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION.

I'LL TELL YOU THE ONE OPTION

HE'S NOT GOING TO TAKE, THAT

WEIRD OCTOBER SPECIAL ELECTION.

YOU KNOW THE ONE THAT IS GOING

TO HAPPEN THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE

GENERAL?

I KNOW HE'S NOT GOING TO DO THAT

BECAUSE IN 2009 GOVERNOR CHRIS

CHRISTIE COMMENTED SPOAFL ON

WHAT HE WOULD DO WHEN HE WAS

ASKED -- AND THIS IS TRUE IF

FRANK LAUTENBERG DIED.

>> I THINK ANY RESPONSIBLE WOULD

CALL FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION THAT

WOULD COST $10 MILLION.

>> Jon: OF COURSE THEY WOULDN'T.

A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNOR WOULDN'T

DO THAT.

THE ONLY KIND OF GOVERNOR WHO

WOULD CALL SOMETHING LIKE THAT

WOULD BE ONE OF THE LEAST

RESPONSIBLE ONES.

I'M LOOKING AT YOU, THE

HONORABLE [BLEEP].

THAT'S RIGHT.

ARE YOU ALLOWED TO DO THAT?

SO, WHY DO WE BOTHER PUTTING

ASTERISKS AND THINGS IN THE

NAME.

HE IS THE FINGER.

ANYWAY, WHAT DID GOVERNOR CHRIS

CHRISTIE CHOOSE.

>> HE SAID A SPECIAL ELECTION

FOR OCTOBER 16.

>> Jon: WHAT THE DEVIL?

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

HE CHOSE THE IRRESPONSIBLE THREE

WEEKS BEFORE THE GENERAL

ELECTION $10 MILLION SPECIAL

ELECTION?

>> THE SPECIAL ELECTION

ESTIMATED TO COST NEARLY $24

MILLION.

(CROWD GROANING).

>> Jon: $24 MILLION.

ACTUALLY IT'S PROBABLY ONLY

ABOUT $12 MILLION BECAUSE YOU DO

HAVE TO HAVE A PRIMARY NO MATTER

WHAT.

STILL, $12 MILLION.

>> THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH

HAVING A SPECIAL PRIMARY AND

GENERAL ELECTION IN MY MIND

CANNOT BE MEASURED AGAINST THE

VALUE OF HAVING AN ELECTED

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED

STATES SENATE WITH SO MANY

CONSEQUENTIAL ISSUES ARE BEING

DEBATED.

>> Jon: 2009?

AND THEN.

AND YOU'RE ONLY GAINING THREE

WEEKS OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE

ELECTEDDED REPRESENTATION.

THE KEY PHRASE THERE IS "IN THE

SENATE."

THREE WEEKS OF WORK IN THE

SENATE IS BASICALLY 28 LOBBYISTS

MEET-AND-GREET H.14 DAYS OF OLD

MAN SMELL ACCLAMATION AND SIX

FILIBUSTERS.

YOU'RE PAYING $4 MILLION A WEEK.

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO, CHRIS

CHRISTIE?

>> CRITICS SAY THE DECISION IS

ALL ABOUT CHRIS CHRISTIE

INSISTING THE GOVERNOR JUST

WANTS TO KEEP NEWARK MAYOR CORY

BOOKER NOW THE DEMOCRATIC

FAVORITE TO WIN THE SENATE RACE

OFF THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

THE BIG DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT FOR

BOOKER COULD HELP CHRIS

CHRISTIE'S OPPONENT.

>> Jon: THAT IS SUCH A CORRUPT

ABUSE OF POWER.

I MISS NEW JERSEY SO MUCH.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

IT'S JUST HARD TO SEE CORRUPT

ABUSE OF POWER AND NOT THINK

ABOUT IT AT ALL.

THE MAN I GUESS GOVERNOR CHRIS

CHRISTIE MUST REALLY BE NERVOUS

ABOUT HIS GUBERNATORIAL

OPPONENT.

WHO IS THAT AGAIN?

>> LET ME BE CLEAR.

THIS GUY IS BONO.

I'M BARBARA BUONO.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Jon: YOU'RE SPENDING $12

MILLION.

OF TAX PAYER MONEY TO BEAT THAT

LADY.

BARBARA BUONO.

>> I'M BARBARA BUONO.

Jon: I'M TALKING TO CHRIST-Y

OVER HERE.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS, GOVERNOR.

YOU'RE ALREADY UP 32 POINTS IN

THE POLLS.

YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO WIN.

YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND $12

MILLION EXTRA TAX PAYER DOLLARS

TO MAKE SURE YOU BEAT THE

SPREAD.

YOUR WHOLE REPUTATION IS

SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT PROTECTING

NEW JERSEY TAX PAYERS.

>> ARE YOU STUPID?

I'M SORRY FOR THE IDIOTS OVER

THERE.

>> Jon: I'M WITH THAT GUY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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