Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie Explains the Special Election Decision in a 'Slow Jam'
Thursday, June 13, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared Wednesday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to 'Slow Jam' his case for a special election.
Christie, who was accompanied by house band The Roots and Fallon's double entendres, said he didn't want "un-elected member of Congress" to "sit around" while filling Senator Frank Lautenberg's seat. See the whole thing below.
The special election will be held on October 16th, just three weeks before the general election in November. It’s estimated to cost about $12 million.
Some political observers say Christie scheduled the election for October to avoid being on the same ballot as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is one of the six candidates gunning for the Senate seat. Democratic Congressmen Rush Holt and Frank Pallone, State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, former gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan and physician Alieta Eck are also running.
Christie appointed attorney general Jeff Chiesa to fill the vacancy until after a new Senator is elected.