Christie Calls Special Election in Oct. for Lautenberg Seat

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to hold a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death on Monday.

Christie said he'll hold an election October 16 to fill the vacant Senate seat. The primary would be August 13.

Lautenberg's funeral will be held at the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan on Wednesday and his body will be taken by Amtrak train to Washington. His body will lie in repose at the Capitol before a burial on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated the special election would be held on October 6. That's incorrect. The election will be held on October 16. WNYC regrets the error.  

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Comments [1]

Why can't the special election and the general election have been combined? Is this allowed under the NJ Constitution?

If the governor has done this simply to protect himself/and or his party's chances in the general election, he should suffer for the hubris.

Jun. 07 2013 10:43 AM

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