WASHINGTON — The race for the upcoming special election for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate seat is open, with Newark mayor and Democrat Cory Booker declaring his campaign. Reuters reports that several other state lawmakers will follow suit in the coming days.
After the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving WWII veteran in the Senate, the seat became vacant. GOP Governor Chris Christie announced that there will be a special election on October 15th, less than a month before the general election in November.
The Quinnipiac University poll showed Booker in the lead among Democrat challengers, which was not indicated by the Reuters newswire. Also, some New Jersey residents are upset that there will be two different elections held within a month of each other, but it is legal.
Christie most likely tried to encourage his re-election by pushing the special election back on the calendar, as his re-election bid is on November 5th. Democrats are crying foul, but it is within state election rules.