HUDSON COUNTY -- A request to challenge Gov. Christopher Christie’s call for a special election in October to fill the seat vacated by the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg was denied by the state Supreme Court on Thursday.
Although Democrats complained the loudest about the cost of the election, there were objectors in both parties.
Union County refused to put aside money to fund the election costs because the state has not yet budgeted for the cost of the special election, which is estimated at $24 million.
West New York Freeholder Jose Munoz said the cost to Hudson County would be in excess of $1 million, but that the county budgeted for it anyway, saying that ultimately the county must comply with the state orders for the election.
Gov. Christie called for the special election to take place on Oct. 16, even though there will be a regular election in November, which would have resulted in a savings of about $12 million.
Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell said the legislature is currently involved in budget hearings, and this is one of the pieces being discussed. – By Al Sullivan