First up to respond to Gov. Christie’s announcement this afternoon of an October 2013 special election to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, is Bill Holland of New Jersey Working Families Alliance. We have this before any statement from the state Dems, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) or the New Jersey Democratic legislative leadership. Working Families is partnering with Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) on a petition urging Christie to maximize civic participation by holding the election during the November 5 general election.
Sign the petition calling on Christie to hold this election November 5.
Working Families spokesman Bill Holland:
“Governor Christie’s decision places partisan politics above electoral participation. Holding an election a mere three weeks before an already scheduled general election promises to decrease turnout, especially among those who already lack a voice in government. Moreover, he’s asking taxpayers to foot the multi-million dollar bill instead of using the funds to address New Jersey’s persistent jobs crisis. The Governor should reconsider his decision and do the right thing for New Jersey’s voters and its fiscal health.”
UPDATE: PCCC’s Adam Green, who is from Edison/Somerset weighs in on Christie’s plan:
“It is outrageous that Chris Christie decided to exploit Frank Lautenberg’s death for his own political gain. New Jersey deserves representation in the U.S. Senate that is chosen by as many people as possible. By having two statewide elections in one month, Christie is potentially disenfranchising millions of people by causing major voter confusion and real hardship for working people across New Jersey — particularly those who work multiple jobs that require taking time off to vote.”
The New Jersey Working Families Alliance is a coalition of community, environmental, consumer and citizen organizations dedicated to advancing progressive policies in the Garden State. Blue Jersey has partnered with Working Families on projects and initiatives we think benefit New Jersey. PCCC’s got almost 1 million members nationwide, many of them in NJ. Adam Green, a veteran of MoveOn and NJDSC, and Stephanie Taylor, who comes from MoveOn and SEIU, are co-founders.