Democrats and Republicans alike are criticizing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to call an Oct. 16 special general election to fill the seat of late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The Republican said his decision was dictated by state election law and sources say his office believes it would lose a court fight if he had scheduled the election a month later in November instead. But the move all but ensures criticism that he is unnecessarily spending millions of taxpayer dollars to serve his own political needs.
The timing means that popular New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker will not be on the ballot — potentially stoking Democratic turnout — when voters decide whether to give Christie another term in November.
The primary election for the Senate seat will be held on Aug. 13, Christie said.