Buono calls Christie’s special election move ‘cynical,’ ‘self-serving’

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TRENTON – Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) of Metuchen, this year’s democratic gubernatorial candidate, slammed Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to hold a special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died two weeks ago.

Not only did she bash the governor’s decision at a Senate State Government Committee hearing as “irresponsible,” “self-serving,” “cynical,” and “dishonest,” she said the move will lead to voter suppression and increase confusion.

“We are wasting millions,” she said. “I think it is entirely inappropriate.”

The committee was taking up two bills revolving around the issue. One bill, S2858, would move this year’s general election from November to Oct. 16, which is when the U.S. Senate special election will take place.

The other bill, S2857, would do away with special elections going forward and require the governor to appoint someone of the same political party of the person who vacated the seat.

Christie predicted the bills would wind up in an “ash heap” of other bills he has opposed.

Buono calls Christie’s special election move ‘cynical,’ ‘self-serving’