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Gov. Chris Christie opposes costly special election–then calls for one
On Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie picked Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s vacant seat until October’s special election. But as a gubernatorial candidate in 2009, Christie said, “I don’t think any responsible governor at this point would call for a special election that would cost $10 million.”
The governor has announced the primary will be held on Aug. 13, while the special general election will follow on Oct. 16, just three weeks before Christie’s re-election date. According to New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, the special election is estimated to cost around $23.8 million.