A county Democratic chairwoman can proceed with a lawsuit trying to have Governor Christie reschedule the special election to fill Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat, a pair of appellate judges ruled Friday afternoon. August’s special election will cause “voter suppression and confusion” and cost the state millions of dollars, said Peg Schaffer, the chairwoman of the Somerset County Democratic Committee. She asked the courts for permission to file the suit earlier on Friday. Schaffer endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, Christie’s Democratic opponent in November’s gubernatorial election. But she said she wasn’t representing Buono in the lawsuit.
“All the [party] chairs have had discussions that this really ought to be challenged,” Schaffer said. “I’m not representing Sen. Buono. I am representing taxpayers and voters in Somerset County.”
Christie earlier this week set October primary and August general election dates to fill the Senate seat vacated Monday by the death of longtime Democrat Frank Lautenberg. He appointed New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a republican and longtime friend and adviser, to temporarily fill the seat until the special election.