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As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported Tuesday night, there was great speculation over Christie’s decision before the announcement. Would he appoint a Democrat for Lautenberg’s seat, or a Republican to please his own party?
But with Christie’s decision, the special primary would be Aug. 13 with the special election held Oct. 16.
“The statute provides for the governor of New Jersey to make this decision if the governor deems it advisable to have a special election,” Christie said. “I deem it advisable to have a special election — in fact, I deem it necessary.”