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  Christie opts for special election, says voters should decide
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jun 04, 2013 06:45pm
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AuthorPaul Steinhauser. Jim Acosta and Peter Hamby
MediaTV News - CNN
News DateWednesday, June 5, 2013 12:30:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWashington (CNN) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opted for a special election to fill a newly vacant Senate seat through 2014 instead of appointing a replacement through that time, saying the decision was about giving voters "a choice and a voice in the process" and was not driven by political self-interest.

While the Republican's decision for a special October ballot could help him avoid stronger Democratic turnout in his re-election bid a month later, it also opens him up to criticism from his own party that is on the short end of the balance of power in the Senate.
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