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  Court sides with Christie, rejects challenge to October special election
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Last EditedScott³  Jun 13, 2013 05:45pm
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AuthorMatt Friedman
MediaNewspaper - Star-Ledger (NJ)
News DateThursday, June 13, 2013 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"A three-judge appellate panel has rejected a challenge to Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to call a special election to fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat in October, three weeks before the regularly scheduled November election.

"Without question, the Governor was authorized to call a special election in this circumstance," state Superior Court Judge Jane Grall wrote.

Grall said the Legislature “has delegated broad authority to the State’s governor.”

On June 4 – the day after Lautenberg died -- Christie announced plans hold a special primary on Aug. 13 followed by a special general election on Oct. 16 – a Wednesday -- to fill his seat.

The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services estimated that the special primary and general elections will cost $24 million combined. While Democrats did not dispute the need for the primary, they said Christie should have called the special election to take place at the same time as the regularly scheduled November election, when he’s on the ballot."
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