Christie outlines special election for Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat
This was one of three options available to Christie: an early special election, a special ballot on Election Day in November when the gubernatorial race will take place, or a special appointment.
The announcement is expected to catalyze the Democratic race for the seat, in which Mayor Booker is widely expected to announce his candidacy.
Gov. Chris Christie today called for a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg, setting in motion an all-out sprint for the office but immediately drawing criticism from Democrats.
Christie said the Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Aug. 13, and the general election on Oct. 16. The winner of the general election will serve out the remainder of Lautenberg’s term, and the next election will be held, on schedule, in November 2014.
In response to the news, West Ward Councilman Ron C. Rice tweeted:
By placing Special Election ahead of November, our Gov not only serves his personal ambition but also sets off political intrique in Newark
Boy, did I ever choose an interesting time to start blogging again.