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*{{reddot}} [[Michael Doherty]]: [[New Jersey State Senate|State senator]]<ref name="lonegan">[http://www.politickernj.com/66131/lonegan-running-us-senate-doherty-backing-him ''Politicker NJ'' "Lonegan running for US Senate; Doherty backing him" Accessed June 6, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Michael Doherty]]: [[New Jersey State Senate|State senator]]<ref name="lonegan">[http://www.politickernj.com/66131/lonegan-running-us-senate-doherty-backing-him ''Politicker NJ'' "Lonegan running for US Senate; Doherty backing him" Accessed June 6, 2013]</ref>
  
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[[Chris Christie|Christie's]] decision to call a special election was challenged in the [[New Jersey|state's]] Supreme Court.<ref>[http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/election_opinion.pdf ''New Jersey Judiciary'' "Election Opinion" Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
 
[[Chris Christie|Christie's]] decision to call a special election was challenged in the [[New Jersey|state's]] Supreme Court.<ref>[http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/election_opinion.pdf ''New Jersey Judiciary'' "Election Opinion" Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
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When questioned whether he would endorse [[Steve Lonegan]] (R) in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] race, [[Governor of New Jersey|Gov.]] [[Chris Christie|Christie]] responded by saying, "“I’ve got my own campaign to run, first off. And so to the extent that I can be helpful to the Republican nominee, whoever that turns out to be, I’m sure that I’ll find some time to be helpful, but I have my own campaign to run at the same time and so my focus will be on my campaign.”<ref>[http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/christie_on_endorsing_lonegan_ive_got_my_own_campaign_to_run.html ''NJ.com'' "Christie on endorsing Lonegan: 'I've got my own campaign to run'" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
When questioned whether he would endorse [[Steve Lonegan]] (R) in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] race, [[Governor of New Jersey|Gov.]] [[Chris Christie|Christie]] responded by saying, "“I’ve got my own campaign to run, first off. And so to the extent that I can be helpful to the Republican nominee, whoever that turns out to be, I’m sure that I’ll find some time to be helpful, but I have my own campaign to run at the same time and so my focus will be on my campaign.”<ref>[http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/christie_on_endorsing_lonegan_ive_got_my_own_campaign_to_run.html ''NJ.com'' "Christie on endorsing Lonegan: 'I've got my own campaign to run'" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
  
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{{youtube|title=AzZolMOUSko|size=250|caption= [[Cory Booker]] released his first ad of his [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] campaign on June 26, 2013, "Run"}}
 
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[[Democratic]] frontrunner [[Cory Booker]] launched his first TV ad as a [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] candidate, playing up his accomplishments as mayor of Newark.<ref name="run">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/25/bookers-first-ad-highlights-record-in-newark/ ''Washington Post'' "Booker’s first ad highlights record in Newark" Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref> The ad, "Run", began on June 26, 2013 and features the mayor speaking directly to camera, arguing that he has made progress on issues like guns, education and business, saying “I’ve proven that by bringing people together even with big problems, we can make big progress and improve people’s lives.”<ref name="run"/> The ad was part of a reported $400,000-plus ad buy.<ref name="run"/>
 
[[Democratic]] frontrunner [[Cory Booker]] launched his first TV ad as a [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] candidate, playing up his accomplishments as mayor of Newark.<ref name="run">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/25/bookers-first-ad-highlights-record-in-newark/ ''Washington Post'' "Booker’s first ad highlights record in Newark" Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref> The ad, "Run", began on June 26, 2013 and features the mayor speaking directly to camera, arguing that he has made progress on issues like guns, education and business, saying “I’ve proven that by bringing people together even with big problems, we can make big progress and improve people’s lives.”<ref name="run"/> The ad was part of a reported $400,000-plus ad buy.<ref name="run"/>
  
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*Joseph Rudy Rullo: [[Independent]] candidate<ref>[http://www.examiner.com/article/alieta-eck-gains-key-endorsement ''Examiner'' "Alieta Eck gains key endorsement" Accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>
 
*Joseph Rudy Rullo: [[Independent]] candidate<ref>[http://www.examiner.com/article/alieta-eck-gains-key-endorsement ''Examiner'' "Alieta Eck gains key endorsement" Accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>
  
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New Jersey will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2013. The general election is scheduled for October 16, 2013, following a primary election on August 13, 2013.[1]

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) on June 3, 2013.[2] His seat will be filled with a temporary replacement appointed by Governor Chris Christie until the special election elects a permanent successor.[3]

Christie announced at a press conference on June 4, 2013 that he had opted against appointing a successor to Lautenberg to serve until the 2014 election, and instead announced the special election would take place.[4] Christie also said he would appoint an interim Senator to serve between June and November. On June 6, 2013 Christie announced New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa would serve as the interim Senator.[5][4][6]

New Jersey has a mixed primary system -- registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote in their own party's primary, but previously unaffiliated voters may declare a party at the polls. Independent voters may also vote in either party's primary. The registration deadline for voting in the primary is July 23, 2012, 21 days before the primary.[7]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 10, 2013[8]
August 13, 2013
October 16, 2013

Candidates

Democratic primary

Republican primary

Declined to run


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Christie's decision to call a special election was challenged in the state's Supreme Court.[19]

Challenges to the special election have argued the law requires Christie should designate the special Senate election to be held the same time as his own gubernatorial election three weeks later, rather than October 16, 2013.[20] By holding it October 16 challengers argue that voters will be confused and will wind up staying away from the polls, creating disenfranchisement.[20]

The appellate division of the state Superior Court ruled against the plaintiffs and judged that Gov. Chris Christie acted properly when he decided to hold a special election on October 16.[21] The court cited NJSA 19:27-6, which provides that if a vacancy occurs in the the U.S. Senate the election shall take place at the general election next succeeding unless the vacancy occurs within 70 days next preceding the primary election prior to the general election.[21]

"Without question, the Governor was authorized to call a special election in this circumstance, where the vacancy occurred one day prior to the primary," the court's decision reads.[21] The court held that there was no evidence a separate election would generate voter confusion.[20] Opponents attempted to seek an appeal of the decision,[20] but on June 20, 2013 the state Supreme Court denied a request to hear the appeal.[22]

When questioned whether he would endorse Steve Lonegan (R) in the Senate race, Gov. Christie responded by saying, "“I’ve got my own campaign to run, first off. And so to the extent that I can be helpful to the Republican nominee, whoever that turns out to be, I’m sure that I’ll find some time to be helpful, but I have my own campaign to run at the same time and so my focus will be on my campaign.”[23]

Polls

General election

Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Conservative Intel
October 13-14, 2013
52%41%5%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 10-14, 2013
53%41%6%+/-2.41,696
Rutgers-Eagleton
October 7-13, 2013
58%36%3%+/-4.3513
Monmouth University
October 10-12, 2013
52%42%6%+/-2.61,393
Rasmussen Reports
October 7, 2013
53%41%5%+/-31,000
Stockton Polling Institute
October 3-8, 2013
50%39%11%+/-3.6729
Quinnipiac University
October 5-7, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.3899
Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind
September 30-October 5, 2013
45%29%26%+/-3.7702
Monmouth University
September 26-29, 2013
53%40%7%+/-4.1571
AVERAGES 52.11% 38.89% 8.33% +/-3.39 920.11
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 19-22, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.2948
Richard Stockton College
September 15-21, 2013
58%32%8%+/-3.4812
Rutgers-Eagleton
September 3-9, 2013
64%29%7%+/-3.4433
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind
August 21-27, 2013
50%22%27%+/-3.7700
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press
August 15-18, 2013
54%38%8%+/-3.7696
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%29%17%+/-2.22,042
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
53%30%13%+/-31,068
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
50%33%17%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
53%37%10%+/-3.9636
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
54%27%19%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 54.3% 31.8% 13.2% +/-3.29 919.3
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Democratic primary

Special election Democratic primary candidates
Poll Cory Booker Rush HoltFrank PalloneSheila OliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%15%17%5%9%+/-2.22,042
Monmouth University
July 11-14, 2013
49%8%12%3%28%+/-4.9403
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
52%8%10%3%26%+/-31,068
Kean University
June 18, 2013
49%9%6%9%22%+/-31,000
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
54%11%8%5%18%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
63%10%8%6%13%+/-3.9636
Rutgers-Eagleton
June 3-9, 2013
55%9%8%0%28%+/-3.3888
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
53%10%9%0%23%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 53.63% 10% 9.75% 3.88% 20.88% +/-3.34 986.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Note: The Quinnipiac University poll from June 7-9 and Rutgers-Eagleton poll from June 3-9 were concluded prior to the filing deadline for candidates.


Republican primary

Special election Republican primary candidates
Poll Steve Lonegan Alieta EckUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
74%10%13%+/-2.22,042
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media


Cory Booker released his first ad of his Senate campaign on June 26, 2013, "Run"

Holt released an introductory campaign video on June 19, 2013 in which he made clear that he is not Cory Booker, the Democratic frontrunner in the special election.

Rep. Rush Holt released his first video of the campaign on June 19, 2013 in which he started the video by admitting that he is no Cory Booker.[24] “I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no Cory Booker. I don’t have a million Twitter followers, I’ve never run into a burning building, and I’m not friends with Mark Zuckerberg, though I did like him on Facebook.”[25][24] Many believe that the video is a smart move for Holt, who many believe has no chance of competing with Booker’s massive online following, the millions of dollars he will raise and the celebrity status he has attained.[24] As the video makes clear, Holt not going to try. Instead, he is embracing the role of quirky underdog in his primary bid for for Senate seat.[24]

Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker launched his first TV ad as a Senate candidate, playing up his accomplishments as mayor of Newark.[9] The ad, "Run", began on June 26, 2013 and features the mayor speaking directly to camera, arguing that he has made progress on issues like guns, education and business, saying “I’ve proven that by bringing people together even with big problems, we can make big progress and improve people’s lives.”[9] The ad was part of a reported $400,000-plus ad buy.[9]

Endorsements

Democratic primary

Cory Booker

Just weeks before leaving office as the interim Senator in Massachusetts, Mo Cowan endorsed Cory Booker on June 4, 2013 for the seat.[26] Cowan noted that he was just the eighth black American to serve in the Senate, and continued by saying “As I vacate the hallowed halls of Congress, perhaps he’ll come in not too late after me and continue I hope is a very popular trend in the Congress, particular in the Senate, which is to continue to show representation of all people."[26] On June 9, 2013 Booker received the backing of George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive and hospital chairman who is seen as "the most powerful figure in New Jersey Democratic politics" according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.[27]

Two of the most powerful unions in the state, The New Jersey Education Association and the state branch of the Communication Workers Association of America, announced on June 12, 2013 that they would withhold endorsements in the August 13th primary election.[28] “We’re unlikely to endorse in the primary,” said NJEA government relations director Ginger Gold. “This is a really politically complicated situation for organizations like ours because we have good friends running against each other, so there’s no advantage for us to get involved in this primary.”[28]

Other endorsements include:

Rush Holt

  • Mercer County Democratic Committee[36]

Frank Pallone

  • Vin Gopal: Chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee[37]

Republican primary

Steve Lonegan

Endorsements include:[38]

  • Leonard Lance: Rep. from District 7
  • Scott Garrett: Rep. from District 5
  • Rivieri Del Mundo: Middlesex County Committeewoman
  • Carey Pilato: Mayor, Bound Brook Borough
  • Chris Rogers: President, New Jersey Taxpayers' Association
  • Robert Luban: Council Woodbridge Twp
  • John Meeks: President, Midland Park Republican Club
  • Thomas Banca: Councilman, East Rutherford
  • Mark Padula: Atlantic City Republican County Committee Chairman
  • Michael J. Sanchelli: Jefferson Twp Council Vice President
  • John Cesaro: Morris County Freeholder
  • Ann F. Grossi: Morris County Freeholder
  • Matthew C. Moench: Bridgewater Township Council
  • Joseph A. Vicente: Councilman, Rockaway Borough
  • Gregory Newton: Jamesburg Municipal Chairman
  • Richard LoCascio: Mayor, Chesterfield Township
  • Johncito F. Peraza: President, Metro Los Angeles Conservative Club
  • Montclair Republican Club
  • Frank D'Arcio: Committeeman, Woodbridge TWP
  • Edward J. Smith: Warren County Freeholder
  • Michael Patrick Carroll: Assemblyman
  • Adelia Recchia: Republican Committee, Bergen County
  • Robert B. Yudin: Bergen County Chairman
  • Thomas T. Booth, Jr.:Camden County Chairman
  • Thomas J. Mastrangelo: Morris County Freeholder
  • John Krickus: Morris County Freeholder
  • Hank Lyon: Morris County Freeholder
  • Michael Donohue: Cape May County Chairman
  • Robert G. Walton: Hunterdon County Freeholder
  • Patrick Cassio: Rahway Republican Municipal Chairman
  • Louis Fligor: Atlantic Highlands Councilman
  • William Budesheim: Riverdale Mayor
  • John DiMaio: Assemblyman
  • Phil Morin: Union County Republican Chairman
  • Henry Kuhl: Hunterdon County Republican Chairman
  • Dave Scapicchio: Morris County Freeholder
  • Doug Cabana: Morris County Freeholder
  • Danielle DiPaola: Councilwoman - Borough of Emerson
  • Ronald Perry: Area V.P., National Black Republican Council
  • James A. Mathieu: Councilman, Borough of Garwood
  • William Schmidt: Bergen County Prosecutor 1997 - 2002

Alieta Eck

District history

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2012

Bob Menendez won re-election in 2012.[41] He was unopposed in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Joe Kyrillos (R) and Jeff Boss (I) in the November general election.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Menendez Incumbent 58.9% 1,987,680
     Republican Joe Kyrillos 39.4% 1,329,534
     Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.5% 16,803
     Green Ken Wolski 0.5% 15,801
     Jersey Strong Independents Gwen Diakos 0.3% 9,359
     Totally Independent Candidate J. David Dranikoff 0.1% 3,834
     America First Inder "Andy" Soni 0.1% 3,593
     Responsibility Fairness Integrity Robert "Turk" Turkavage 0.1% 3,532
     Socialist Party USA Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,249
     No Slogan Eugene Martin Lavergne 0.1% 2,198
     Reform Nation Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.1% 2,066
Total Votes 3,376,649
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lautenberg was re-elected to the United States Senate for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Dick Zimmer (R), Jason Scheurer (Libertarian), J.M. Carter (God We Trust), Daryl Mikell Brooks (Poor People’s Campaign), Sara Lobman (Socialist Workers) and Jeffrey Boss (Boss for Senate).[42]

United States Senate, New Jersey General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Lautenberg Incumbent 56% 1,951,218
     Republican Dick Zimmer 42% 1,461,025
     Libertarian Jason Scheurer 0.5% 18,810
     God We Trust J.M. Carter 0.5% 15,935
     Poor People’s Campaign Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.5% 15,925
     Socialist Workers Sara Lobman 0.3% 10,345
     Boss for Senate Jeffrey Boss 0.3% 9,187
Total Votes 3,482,445

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico "Chris Christie calls August, October special elections in New Jersey" Accessed June 4, 2013
  2. Huffington Post, "Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89," June 3, 2013
  3. Washington Post "Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89" Accessed June 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 NBC News "With special election decision, Christie helps himself too" Accessed June 4, 2013
  5. Yahoo News "Christie appoints N.J. attorney general to replace Lautenberg" Accessed June 6, 2013
  6. Reuters "N.J. governor calls special election to fill Senate seat" Accessed June 4, 2013
  7. New Jersey Division of Elections "Important Dates for Voters" Accessed June 10, 2013
  8. New Jersey Board of Elections "Notice to Candidates" Accessed June 10, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Washington Post "Booker’s first ad highlights record in Newark" Accessed June 26, 2013
  10. Washington Post "Rep. Rush Holt to run in New Jersey special election" Accessed June 5, 2013
  11. Roll Call "Rush Holt Confirms Senate Bid #NJSEN" Accessed June 7, 2013
  12. Politico "Cory Booker announces New Jersey senate run" Accessed June 8, 2013
  13. Huffington Post "Frank Pallone Running For Senate In New Jersey" Accessed June 10, 2013
  14. NJ.com "Sheila Oliver 'seriously considering' run for U.S. Senate in special election" Accessed June 10, 2013
  15. NJ.com "Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver tells Dems she's running for U.S. Senate" Accessed June 10, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Politicker NJ "Lonegan running for US Senate; Doherty backing him" Accessed June 6, 2013
  17. New Jersey Division of Elections "Special Election" Accessed June 11, 2013
  18. NJ.com "N.J. Politics Roundup: Booker, Oliver, Pallone join special U.S. Senate race" Accessed June 10, 2013
  19. New Jersey Judiciary "Election Opinion" Accessed June 17, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 NJ.com "N.J. Supreme Court to hear Democratic challenge to special U.S. Senate election" Accessed June 17, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Politcker NJ "Judges reject objection to Christie decision on U.S. Senate special election; say governor acted properly" Accessed June 17, 2013
  22. Politicker NJ "Supreme Court won't hear challenge to special election" Accessed June 21, 2013
  23. NJ.com "Christie on endorsing Lonegan: 'I've got my own campaign to run'" Accessed June 19, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Washington Post "Rush Holt is no Cory Booker. And he’s just fine with that." Accessed June 20, 2013
  25. YouTube.com "Rush Holt for Senate" Accessed June 20, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Politico "Mo Cowan endorses Cory Booker run" Accessed June 6, 2013
  27. Philly.com "Norcross backs Booker for Senate" Accessed June 11, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 Real Clear Politics "Unions' Choice to Avoid Primary Will Aid Booker" Accessed June 13, 2013
  29. The Grio "Cory Booker formally enters NJ Senate race, endorsed by Bill Bradley" Accessed July 8, 2013
  30. Politicker NJ "DiVincenzo in with Booker at kickoff" Accessed July 8, 2013
  31. NJ.com "Beth Mason" Accessed July 8, 2013
  32. Politicker NJ "Norcross says Booker will win Senate race" Accessed July 8, 2013
  33. Politicker NJ "Whelan backs Booker for U.S. Senate" Accessed July 8, 2013
  34. [www.politico.com/story/2013/06/mo-cowan-cory-booker-senate-92247.html Politico "Mo Cowan endorses Cory Booker run" Accessed July 8, 2013]
  35. NJ.com "Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley endorses Booker for Senate" Accessed July 8, 2013
  36. Politicker NJ "Mercer Dems back Holt for U.S. Senate" Accessed July 8, 2013
  37. Politicker NJ "Monmouth County Dems going with Pallone in special election" Accessed July 8, 2013
  38. Lonegan for Senate "Endorsements" Accessed July 8, 2013
  39. Politicker NJ "Former gubernatorial candidate Levine backs Eck early over Lonegan in Senate race" Accessed July 8, 2013
  40. Examiner "Alieta Eck gains key endorsement" Accessed July 8, 2013
  41. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"