The Atlantic County Democratic party will remain neutral in the August primary election to determine the party’s nominee to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), announced Jim Schroeder earlier today.
“We are extremely fortunate to have four outstanding candidates in the upcoming primary. Cory Booker is a rising star nationally within our party,” said Schroeder (pictured, above, to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s left). “Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt have distinguished Congressional records and Speaker Sheila Oliver has been a strong leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. Any one of these fine public officials can and will carry on the great work done by Senator Lautenberg over the last 30 years. I would encourage Atlantic County Democrats to get behind any one of these four great candidates to ensure that this seat remains in Democratic hands.”
Keth Davis, chairman of the Atlantic County Republican Committee, last week endorsed former Bogota Mayor Steve lonegan in the GOP Primary for the U.S. Senate seat, but Schroeder said regardless of when the election occurs, he is confident Democrats will retain the seat.
“However, I am hopeful that the courts will move the special election to the date of the November 5th general election,” the Democratic chairman said. “In addition to the considerable waste of taxpayer dollars that this special election costs, there are logistical problems with voting machines, vote by mail and voter registration timelines that result from trying to hold two statewide elections within a three-week period. Governor Christie is putting his own political self-interest ahead of the interests of the taxpayers wasting $12 million in order to fill a Senate vacancy three weeks before a regularly scheduled general election. This is a cynical waste of taxpayer dollars.”
According to media reports last week, Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer intends to appeal to the state Supreme Court of New Jersey an appellate court ruling that the general election for the senate seat should be held on October 16th in accord with Gov. Chris Christie’s wishes.