Democratic officials challenging Gov. Chris Christie’s October special election are taking their battle to the state’s high court.
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the timeline for the U.S. Senate election are appealing a lower court’s ruling to the New Jersey Supreme Court, officials announced. The plaintiffs have until Monday to file appropriate court documents.
The notice comes after the appellate division of the state Superior Court ruled Thursday against the plaintiffs and judged Christie acted properly when he decided to hold a special election on Oct. 16.
“Without question, the Governor was authorized to call a special election in this circumstance, where the vacancy occurred one day prior to the primary,” the court’s decision reads.
The decision was a blow to a group championing the argument that the U.S. Senate special election should occur on the same date as the Novmber general election for governor.
The law firm of Shain, Schaffer and Rafanello last Friday filed for emergent relief in the court, objecting to the decision by Christie to hold the U.S. Senate election on Oct. 16.