Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) is expected to be sworn in as a State Senator when the Senate comes back into session on November 23. Doherty defeated incumbent Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan) in the June Republican primary – five months after he lost a special election convention to fill the seat of Leonard Lance, who was elected to Congress. Karrow has been lobbying hard for a post in Gov.-elect Christopher Christie's cabinet; she wants to be Commissioner of Community Affairs.
Republicans are expected to move quickly to fill Doherty's 23rd district Assembly seat, so that Assemblyman-elect Erik Peterson can vote during the Legislature's lame duck session. State law requires a special election convention to be held within 7-35 days, although some vacancies have been filled in less than seven days. Hunterdon County Republicans will then need to hold another special election convention to fill Peterson's seat on the Board of Freeholders.