Jon Stewart Blasts Chris Christie's 'Self-Serving, Corrupt Abuse Of Power' In Special Election Decision

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New Jersey native and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart ripped into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday for his decision to hold a separate special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg.

“That is such a self-serving, corrupt abuse of power. I miss New Jersey so much,” Stewart quipped. “It’s just hard to see corrupt abuse of power and not think about home.”

Stewart played a clip of Christie in 2009, saying that if the situation arose, he couldn’t imagine a situation in which “any responsible governor” would hold a special election that would cost taxpayers an extra $10 million.

Now, that number is more like $12 million. But Christie is doing so, critics say, because it helps his own, already spectacular chances of being re-elected in November.

Stewart said that Christie’s apolitical reasoning for holding the special election three weeks earlier than the general — that New Jersey needs a senator as quickly as possible — doesn’t pass the smell test.

“Three weeks of work in the Senate is basically 28 lobbyist meet-and-greets, 14 days of old man smell acclimation, and 6 filibusters,” he said. 

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:

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