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Union County, N.J., Withholding Funding For Special Senate Election

Officials Are Waiting To Find Out If They'll Be Reimbursed
Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

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ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — One New Jersey county is holding onto its cash to spend on a special election for the U.S. Senate, until county officials find out of the state will reimburse them.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported Saturday night, the all-Democratic Union County Board of Freeholders has declined to fully fund a general special election bill to fill the vacated seat of late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), until receiving official word from Trento that they will be reimbursed.

“They said they’re going to, but no one has given us anything in writing,” said Dennis Kobitz of the county Board of Elections.

Kobitz said no matter what the state does, roughly $850,000 will be tied up.

“I don’t have enough money in my budget to run another election,” Kobitz said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election to be held in October.

With Christie’s decision, the special primary would be Aug. 13 with the special election held Oct. 16.

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