A Saturday Short Report

Special Election

  • Court Challenge: A county Democratic chairwoman is challenging Gov. Chris Christie’s authority to call a special election in October to fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat, saying it’s illegal and an attempt to suppress the vote.  She wants the special Senate election, which Christie called on October 16, to occur at the same time as the November general election that the governor is running in.


  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker is expected to announce his candidacy today. He scheduled an event in Newark at 11 a.m. followed by another in Willingboro at 2 p.m., where he will join campaign supporters and take questions from the media. Also, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will raise funds for his Senate campaign. He is reportedly going to California on Monday. He has less cash on hand than Rep. Frank Pallone.

  • Rep. Frank Pallone (CD 6) has long been interested in running for the Senate. 101.5 this morning reports “A person with knowledge of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone’s campaign details says the congressman plans to announce that he is entering the race  and volunteers are seeking signatures on a petition.”

  • Rep Rush Holt (CD 12) has already announced he will be a candidate.

  • Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has expressed strong interest in running and is collecting signatures, but has not yet made a formal announcement.


  • Steve Lonegan, conservative, and until recently State Director  of Americans for Prosperity is the only announced candidate.

  • Others: A doctor from Piscataway, Alieta Eck, had volunteers out collecting signatures Friday in hopes of entering the GOP primary. And independent Joseph Rudy Rullo, an Ocean County resident, who challenged state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate last year, is also collecting signatures.”


    Affordable Housing Funds:  In setback for the Goverrnor and a positive step for Fair Share Housing Center, “The three-judge panel agreed with the administration in principle, it established new protections for the money that – taken together – put the funds out of reach of the state for at least 45 days.” The administration will not have access to these monies to balance its current budget.

  • Comment (1)

    1. Bill Orr (Post author)

      His fiirst test. The senate will convene on Monday and resume the motion to proceed on the immigration bill.  Final passage of the entire package,if it occurs, is probably weeks away.  Earlier he said border security was his highest priority.

      How do you think he will vote?


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