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Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is getting pressure from all sides on his decision to hold a special election rather than appoint a Republican to fill a vacant Senate seat. The prize for Demonstrating Theory goes to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R), who commented that “All Christie has to do is appoint a Republican. That’s the correct move for him to make.” Anything else was “debilitating stupidity” and that if Christie thought that people would “love him for being the guy who plays fair rather than takes the political opportunity he’s crazy.”

We wonder: What Would Linda Skitka Say? Skitka has done extensive work on what she has defined as the ‘moral mandate effect’, or “the tendency for people to care less (if at all) about procedural fairness and institutional legitimacy when they have strong moral convictions about preferred outcomes.”

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