Chris’ special-election plan irks Dems, GOP

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.

“The right thing is to let the people decide,” 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 Lautenberg’s term.

He also could have called a special election for Nov. 5, when Christie’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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