Saying he refuses to play politics with a US Senate seat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced yesterday that there will be a special election in October to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at age 89.
â€œThe right thing is to let the people decide,â€ Christie said from the Trenton State House, announcing that the primaries would be held on Aug. 13, followed by a general-election contest on Oct. 16.
Christie, widely considered a strong GOP contender in the 2016 race for the White House, had the option to appoint someone to serve through 2014, the end of Lautenbergâ€™s term.
He also could have called a special election for Nov. 5, when Christieâ€™s name will appear on the ballot in the gubernatorial election.
The decision to hold a separate special election drew quick fire from both parties, with Democrats and Republicans alike calling it a self-serving move.
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