Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic opponent Barbara Buono exchanged heated jabs Tuesday, in a debate that also saw multiple interruptions by spectators.
Christie defeated conservative Seth Grossman in the Republican primary, and Buono won over Troy Webster, an aide to the mayor of East Orange, in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night.
The governor made an announcement during a Tuesday afternoon news conference in Trenton. The special primary would be Aug. 13, with the special election held Oct. 16.
Democratic State Senate President Steve Sweeney said the seat should go to a fellow Democrat.
The state’s junior senator, Robert Menendez, said “I’ll have nothing to say about the U.S. Senate race,” until Lautenberg makes a decision one way or the other.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte the week after next and some wonder if it will be more than just a speech to rally his party.
Voters in Princeton Township and Princeton Borough have decided to combine their two towns, after having rejected consolidation at least three previous times in the past 60 years.
The publicity surrounding Governor Christie’s criticisms of the federal government rejecting the state’s Race to the Top grant application may help NJ’s chances in the next round.