The New Jersey U.S. Senate special election primaries were called Tuesday night for Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan.
Booker holds a commanding 40-point lead in the latest Quinnipiac University poll in the race to fill late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat.
The Monmouth University survey released Tuesday shows Booker with the support of 49 percent of Democrats likely to vote in the Aug. 13 primary. His closest competitor, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, got 12 percent.
New Jersey’s top court has decided not to hear arguments on when Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled a special U.S. Senate election, effectively leaving the date at Oct. 16.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver may be opponents in the U.S. Senate race, but they are teammates in pushing voters to approve raising by $1 the current minimum wage, which stands at $7.25 per hour.
Rep. Frank Pallone released a statement Monday saying voters should be able to make a decision that is not “based solely on slick TV ads and 20-second sound bites.”
Gov. Chris Christie decided to schedule a primary for August and a special general election for October.
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.
Many remembered the nation’s oldest senator and last World War II veteran in the Senate as a dedicated public servant who fought for the people of New Jersey.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt renewed calls for passage of the legislation after Rutgers University fired Mike Rice after a video showing the basketball coach verbally and physically abusing his players caused a public outcry.
Christie told an audience Tuesday that an “African-American female speaker of the Assembly” is blocking a vote on a school voucher bill that would let children in failing districts attend classes elsewhere.
Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto returns the bill to the Legislature suggesting that lawmakers scale the increase back by 25 cents, to $1 per hour and phase in the increase over three years.
Officials from Connecticut and beyond are expressing their shock and horror.
The New Jersey Legislature on Monday sent a bill to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1.25, to $8.50 per hour.
The governor’s call comes a day after he slashed $361 million from the state budget that Democrats sent him, and gutted other Democrat-backed programs before signing the $32 billion spending plan into law.