Christie Calls Special Election, Takes Flak From Both Sides
Voters will pick Lautenberg replacement in October
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question during a news conference Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Chris Christie was bound to take criticism no matter what he decided on how to fill the seat of late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And, sure enough, now that he's filled in most of the details, both Republicans and Democrats are angry, reports Politico. Christie today declared that the parties will pick their respective candidates in a primary on Aug. 13, reports the Star-Ledger. The winners will compete in a special election on Oct. 16 to serve out the remainder of Lautenberg's term. The seat will go back up for re-election as scheduled in November 2014.

Democrats are seething because they say Christie is looking out for his own political interests. He's up for re-election on Nov. 5, and Democrats say he feared that a heavy Democratic turnout for the Senate race—because of likely candidate Cory Booker—would jeopardize his own chances. Hence, the special election in October instead of letting voters decide the following month. Meanwhile, national Republicans are ticked because they wanted the governor to appoint someone to the seat who would remain there until the November 2014 election, and thus give the GOP a better shot at permanently taking the seat. Still up in the air: Christie hasn't announced who he will pick to fill the seat until the October election, notes AP.

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Jun 5, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
Governor Christie is the best example of what the Republican party use too be. Too bad it's lost its way.
Jun 5, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
First Christie says he wants to consolidate elections to save money, then all of a sudden he can't wait another month to hold the election in November, so he's going to spend $12,000,000 to hold it in October. The ONLY reason he's doing it is because he doesn't want all those Dems at the polls voting for Cory Booker to vote for Barbara Buono for Governor while they're there. He thinks if they vote for Booker in Oct., they'll stay home in Nov. and he can get re-elected again. He's not fooling anybody, he just thinks he is. I hope a record number of Dems show up for both elections. That'll fix his fat ass!
Jun 5, 2013 1:35 AM CDT
If anybody can 'FILL' a seat,....