Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Blog

Yalla Vote New JerseyNew Jersey is one of only two states that have elections every year. But this year, New Jersey residents will be going to the polls twice in 3 weeks.

Following the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg in June, Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election on October 16, 2013 to fill the vacant Senate seat.  The election date quickly became a hot-button issue. Democrats wanted the Senate election to be held on November 5, when New Jersey voters go to the polls to elect 120 state legislators and the state’s next Governor. Christie held fast to the Oct. 16 date, saying that “New Jersey voters deserve to have their voices heard in the United States Senate as soon as practicable.” Then state democrats began crying foul, claiming the October election was a ploy to keep democrats, expected to come out in force for Senate candidate Corey Booker, from boosting the numbers for Christie’s democratic challenger, Barbara Buono.

So on September 9, Democrats passed a bill moving the date of the general election to October 16, ostensibly addressing Christie’s concerns regarding the state’s representation in the Senate while placing all New Jersey candidates on one ballot.  Yesterday, Christie vetoed the bill, stating that “Moving the date of the general election has the potential to cause unnecessary voter confusion, as the general election takes place at the same time each year.”

As wrangling over the election date comes to a close, we urge you to get to the polls in October and November. Just as New Jersey’s next Senator will help forge national policies, so the legislators elected in November will help determine the direction of the state policies in the coming years. Despite party divisions, Republican Gov. Chris Christie enjoys a good relationship with the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature — a relationship that has boosted both New Jersey’s economy and the Governor’s political profile. A shift in the control of the legislature could elevate not just the GOP’s national profile, but the policies determining New Jersey’s direction in the coming years.

If you need help making your voice heard, click here for links to register to vote, find your polling place, and more.



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