Jersey City Independent

Freeholders To Vote On Resolution Urging Christie To Reconsider October's Special Election For US Senate Thanks To Effort Of Community Advocates

The Jersey City Independent — Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Matt Hunger

Citing the $12 million price tag, the Hudson County Freeholders will be considering a resolution at a meeting tonight that would urge Governor Chris Christie to reconsider his controversial decision to hold a special election in October to fill the late Frank Lautenberg's U.S. Senate seat. The resolution comes from New Jersey Citizen Action, a good-government advocacy group, and was brought to the attention of the Freeholders by community activist Riaz Wahid. In addition to the $12 million for the election, another $12 million will be needed for the primary.

In an email from Citizen Action, the group writes that they have taken legal action to block the October 16 election in favor of having the date moved to the general election on November 5. While Christie has maintained holding an election is preferable to picking a Senator (a decision that has angered Republicans nationally), critics say the decision to hold a separate special election was made to support his reelection bid come November. Despite leading Democratic nominee Barbara Buono by some thirty-percentage points in the polls, political observers say the special election was designed to keep likely Democratic US Senate nominee Newark Mayor Corey Booker — and his big draw of Democrats — off the November ballot.

"A special election on a Wednesday in October, less than three weeks before the regularly scheduled general election, will cause voter confusion, significantly reduce voter turnout, potentially disenfranchise voters, and needlessly waste 12 million in taxpayer dollars," writes the group.

Feel similarly? The group has a petition here.

In an email to the Freeholders, Wahid writes, "as much as I like a democratically elected representative compared to an appointed one," spending the many millions of dollars on the election is a waste of needed resources.

Freeholder Bill O'Dea's office is responsible for submitting the resolution for consideration.

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