Padmé Amidala was known to be against the creation of the Republic's Army, stating that raising an army would inevitably lead to war:

Padmé : I warn you, if you vote to create this army, war will follow. I have experienced the misery of war first-hand; I do not wish to do it again.

But, later on, Jar Jar, acting as a Representative for Naboo moves a vote to grant the Chancellor Emergency Powers including the power to create a Grand Army of the Republic.

Since Padmé was so vocally opposed to this idea, why would Jar Jar vote differently than she would have wanted? Why didn't the opposition group Senators stop him?

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    Because he's a schmuck
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2014 at 21:31
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    because they tricked Amidala to leave by attempting to kill her, that left jar jar (who is literally retarded) to act as her proxy, being unintelligent it was easy for the chancellor, which jar jar knew Amidala liked, to convince jar jar to give him power to protect people.
    – Himarm
    Dec 3, 2014 at 21:39
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    @Himarm - So basically it's because he's a schmuck? That seems to be the gist of what you're saying.
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2014 at 21:41
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    @Richard yes hes a stupid schmuck and probably would win the annual dinner for schmuck's, hey heres my freind jar jar, he started a galactic empire ruled by a dark lord on accident.
    – Himarm
    Dec 3, 2014 at 21:43
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    @DVK - My feelings towards Jar Jar are essentially unpublishable on a forum with an age limit.
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2014 at 23:43

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Because the situation had changed drastically since Amidala went gone into hiding. No longer were the Federation simply looking to break away from the Republic, the information they'd gleaned on Geonosis (courtesy of Obi-Wan) suggested that the Separatists were building a vast droid army capable of destroying the whole Republic.

The Opposition senators are called before the Chancellor and he lays out the situation to them:

The word had passed, from Obi-Wan to Yoda and the Jedi Council, and now from them to the Chancellor and leaders of the Senate, that the Republic was crumbling. The mood inside Chancellor Palpatine’s office was both somber and frantic, everyone overwhelmed by a sense of despair and a need to act, frustrated by the apparent lack of options.

Yoda, Mace Windu, and Ki-Adi-Mundi represented the Jedi, lending an air of calm against the nervous energy of Senators Bail Organa and Ask Aak, and Representative Jar Jar Binks. Behind his great desk, Palpatine listened to it all with apparent despair, his aide, Mas Amedda, standing beside him, seeming on the verge of tears. Star Wars : Attack of the Clones - Official Novelization

The opposition are no longer opposing the granting of extra powers to the Chancellor, nor are they against the idea that Palpatine (as a former Naboobian Senator) would have anything other than the best of democratic intentions, to use the Army to protect the Republic from outside invasion:

“Unfortunately, the debate is not over,” Bail Organa said. “The Senate will never approve the use of the army before the separatists attack. And by then, it will likely be too late.”

“This is a crisis,” Mas Amedda dared interject. “The Senate must vote the Chancellor emergency powers! He could then approve the use of the clones.”

Palpatine rocked back at the suggestion, seeming profoundly shaken. “But what Senator would have the courage to propose such a radical amendment?” he asked hesitantly.

“I will!” Ask Aak declared.

Beside him, Bail Organa gave a helpless chuckle and shook his head. “They will not listen to you, I fear. Nor to me,” he added quickly, when Ask Aak snapped a glare at him. “We have spent too much of our political capital debating the philosophies of the separatists and arguing for action. The Senate will not see our call as anything more than overly alarmist. We need a voice of reason, one willing to reverse position, even, given the gravity of the current situation.”

“If only Senator Amidala was here,” Mas Amedda reasoned.

Without hesitation, Jar Jar Binks stepped forward again. “Mesa mosto Supreme Chancellor,” the Gungan said, squaring his sloping shoulders as much as possible. “Mesa gusto pallos,” he said deferentially to all the others. “Mesa proud to proposing the motion to give Yousa Honor emergency powers.”

Palpatine looked from the trembling Gungan to Bail Organa. “He speaks for Amidala,” the Senator from Alderaan said. “By all understanding within the Senate, Jar Jar Binks’s words are a reflection of Senator Amidala’s desires.” Star Wars : Attack of the Clones - Official Novelization

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    This is a wonderful attempt to find a rational reason for the truth; he was a schmuck. Dec 3, 2014 at 23:51
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    Also worth noting that in the original script (Word doc) Jar Jar did first ask about the possibility that the Jedi could stop the Commerce Guild, saying "Exsqueeze me, yousa honorable Supreme Chancellor, sir. Maybe dissen Jedi stoppin’ da rebel army?" Palpatine asked Yoda how many Jedi were available, and Yoda said "Throughout the galaxy, thousands of Jedi there are. To send on a special mission…only two hundred are available", to which Bail Organa replied "Two hundred? With all due respect for the Jedi Order, that doesn’t sound like enough!"
    – Hypnosifl
    Dec 3, 2014 at 23:51
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    @Hypnosifl: I'm assuming that question was removed from the final product because it was far too smart for Jar jar to come up with on his own. Let's not ruin the suspension of disbelief here. Dec 3, 2014 at 23:55
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    @Oldcat - Binks speaks for Naboo because he's their pro-tem representative. In Amidala's absence, you could be forgiven for thinking that he spoke for her too, especially if the Chancellor was backing that up.
    – Valorum
    Dec 4, 2014 at 19:52
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    @Oldcat Aren't almost all of them CGI characters already?
    – KSmarts
    Dec 4, 2014 at 20:06

Also, even though Jar Jar and Amidala are friends, their people are radically different when it comes to violence. Gungans are known to be very militaristic. They have a "great army", something Jar Jar and the other Gungans are obviously proud of. It is also reasonable to asume that the Gungans have a service duty. I mean even Jar Jar was put into battle. The Naboo on the other hand are very pacifist. Which is according to Jar Jar the reason the Naboo don't like the Gungans.

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