The New Senator from New Jersey Gave the Greatest Quote Ever

Crime
A blog about murder, theft, and other wickedness.
June 6 2013 3:15 PM

The New Senator from New Jersey Gave the Greatest Quote Ever

chiesa
Jeffrey Chiesa

The State of New Jersey, Division of Law & Public Safety, Office of the Attorney General

Crime is Slate’s crime blog. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @slatecrime.

As my colleague Josh Voorhees has already noted, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he has picked Jeffrey Chiesa, the state’s attorney general, to temporarily fill the Senate seat recently vacated by the death of Frank Lautenberg.

Advertisement

I think this is a wonderful choice. I won’t claim that I know anything about Chiesa or his political positions, because I don’t. But I do know that, last month, he said one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard a politician say. When New Jersey authorities announced the conclusion of “Operation Swill,” a sting operation that caught 29 bars and restaurants passing off cheap booze and rubbing alcohol as top-shelf liquor, an indignant Chiesa offered the following statement: “I wouldn't drink rubbing alcohol in my house. It serves a very specific purpose: to rub.

I don’t know why I find that quote so funny, but I do. Anyway, this guy is going to be a national figure now, albeit for just four months, when the winner of a special election will take his place. I think we can all agree that “Is he likely to say a bunch of funny things?” is the most important question to ask when you’re deciding whom to appoint as an interim senator. And I think we can also all agree that Chiesa meets that criterion. So welcome to Washington, Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa. May your four months in office be quotable ones.

Justin Peters is a writer for Slate. He is working on a book about Aaron Swartz, copyright, and the rise of “free culture.” Email him at justintrevett@fastmail.fm.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories to the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
Outward
Oct. 22 2014 9:00 AM Wailing Against the Pansies: Homophobia in Whiplash
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 9:19 AM Nine Actors Remember Their Famous Horror-Movie Deaths
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 8:43 AM Thunderstruck: Rock Out With Mother Nature’s Evil Side
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 22 2014 7:30 AM An Illusion That Makes Me Happy and Sad
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.