If Andrews leaves, a special election?

If Rob Andrews resigns his seat in Congress before September 17 to take a job at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank, Gov. Jon Corzine would have the option of calling a special election on November 4. The winner of that race would complete the final two months of Andrews’ term.

South Jersey Democratic leaders would have two options: they could simply nominate their still undisclosed candidate for the full two-year term and give their new Member of Congress a jump on seniority over the Freshman Class of 2008; or reward another party loyalist with a two-month career in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A few years ago, that’s what Camden County Democrats did with a seat on the Board of Freeholders. They appointed John Kerfoot, who was nearly ninety at the time, to spend several months as a Freeholder as a tribute for more than fifty years of public service.