United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

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United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013
New Jersey
2008 ←
October 16, 2013 → 2014

  Cory Booker 2011 Shankbone.JPG Steve Lonegan 2011.jpg
Nominee Cory Booker Steve Lonegan
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 740,742 593,684
Percentage 54.92% 44.02%

NJ Senate 2013 Election.png

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jeffrey Chiesa
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Cory Booker
Democratic

The 2013 United States Senate special election in New Jersey was held on October 16, 2013 to fill the New Jersey United States Senate Class 2 seat for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2015.

The vacancy resulted from the death of five-term Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013.[1] In the interim, the seat was held by Republican Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, who was appointed on June 6, 2013 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve until the elected winner was sworn in.[2] At the time of his appointment, Chiesa, then New Jersey's Attorney General, announced that he would not be a candidate in the special election.[3]

Following Lautenberg's death, there was a great deal of speculation and controversy over when a special election would or could be scheduled, but the following day, June 4, 2013, Christie announced that the primary would take place on August 13, 2013, and the special election on October 16, 2013.[4] In the primary elections, the Republicans nominated former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and the Democrats nominated Newark Mayor Cory Booker.[5] Booker led in every opinion poll and the race was called for him at approximately 9:45pm EDT on October 16, 2013. Booker resigned as Mayor of Newark and was sworn in on October 31, 2013 to become the junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

Background[edit]

On June 4, 2013, Democrats and Republicans interested in running in the special primary were given six days, until June 10, to collect 1,000 signatures in order to appear on the special primary ballots.[6]

Democratic State Senator Shirley Turner, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey introduced legislation to move the general election on November 5 for all statewide offices, including governor, to the same date, October 16, as the U.S. Senate special election. This legislation was introduced in order to avoid spending an additional $12 million for a separate U.S. Senate election in October in addition to the general statewide election in November.[7] A bill, A4237, finally passed both legislative houses on June 27, 2013. Another bill, A4249, allowing eligible voters who cast ballots on October 16 for senator to also vote early for the November general election, finally passed both legislative houses on June 27. Both bills were sent to Governor Christie for approval or veto with little expectation that either would be signed by Christie into law.[8][9] The governor vetoed both bills on September 9, 2013.[10]

On June 13, 2013, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court unanimously rejected the Democrats' challenge, which was brought by Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Marguerite M. Schaffer, to force Christie to change the special election date in October to the general election on November 5. They ruled “the Legislature has delegated broad authority to the State’s governor” to set the election date.[11] On June 20, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to hear a follow-up challenge to the special election date.[12]

Christie's administration looked into contingency plan options for additional state workers, transportation resources, voting machines and associated hardware, and skilled voting machine technicians in order to avoid any potential conflicts due to the short time span of 20 days between the special election and the general election.[13] Use of any of these options would increase the cost of $12 million for the October election, which would be in addition to $12 million for the August primary, that were both estimated by the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services. Contingency plans would be needed due to potential scheduling and logistical conflicts in the use of the same voting machines for both elections. New Jersey state law requires voting machines to be locked down for 15 days after an election, in case a defeated candidate seeks a recount. Voting machines would also need to be set up several days in advance of the general election. The state has made arrangements to reimburse by December 31, 2013 all necessary expenses after an audit of submitted election costs by each of the County Boards of Elections.[14][15]

The special primary elections took place on August 13. Former Republican Mayor of Bogota Steve Lonegan and Democratic Mayor of Newark Cory Booker won their respective primaries.[5] They faced off against six Independent/Third Party candidates in the October 16, 2013 general election.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Alieta
Eck
Steve
Lonegan
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac August 1–5, 2013 257 ± 6.1% 10% 74% 3% 13%
Quinnipiac July 2–7, 2013 330 ± 5.4% 5% 62% 1% 32%
Kean University June 18, 2013 321 ± ?% 15% 45% 12% 29%
  Lonegan

Results[edit]

2013 Republican Primary - United States Senate special election in New Jersey[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Lonegan 103,280 80.09%
Republican Alieta Eck 25,669 19.91%
Totals 128,958 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Cory
Booker
Rush D.
Holt, Jr.
Sheila
Oliver
Frank
Pallone
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac August 1–5, 2013 388 ± 5% 54% 15% 5% 17% 1% 8%
Monmouth July 11–14, 2013 403 ± 4.9% 49% 8% 3% 12% 28%
Quinnipiac July 2–7, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 52% 8% 3% 10% 1% 27%
Kean University June 18, 2013 366 ± ?% 49% 9% 9% 6% 5% 22%
Rasmussen June 12–13, 2013 416 ± 5% 54% 11% 5% 8% 3% 18%
Monmouth June 10–11, 2013 205 ± 6.9% 63% 10% 6% 8% 13%
Quinnipiac June 7–9, 2013 306 ± 5.6% 53% 10% 9% 1% 27%
Rutgers-Eagleton June 3–9, 2013 364 ± 5.1% 55% 8% 9% 28%
  Booker
  Pallone
  Holt, Jr.

Results[edit]

2013 Democratic Primary - United States Senate special election in New Jersey[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker 216,936 59.17%
Democratic Frank Pallone 72,584 19.80%
Democratic Rush D. Holt, Jr. 61,463 16.76%
Democratic Sheila Oliver 15,656 4.27%
Totals 366,639 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Major party candidates[edit]

Other candidates[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Booker, CoryCory Booker (D) $2,108,248 $2,582,837 $4,533,079 $0
Lonegan, SteveSteve Lonegan (R) $129,766 $171,538 $192,586 $101,822
Source: Federal Election Commission[57][58] Reports through July 24, 2013

Top contributors[edit]

Cory Booker Contribution Steve Lonegan Contribution
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan $34,800 Lance for Congress $2,000
Time Warner $33,000
Slate Path Capital $23,400
Loews Corporation $20,000
Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA $19,050
Lazard $18,500
Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co Inc. $15,600
Walt Disney Company $15,200
Falcon Edge Capital $15,000
Harvest Partners $15,000
Source: Center for Responsive Politics [59]

Top industries[edit]

Cory Booker Contribution Steve Lonegan Contribution
Financial Institutions $314,500 Candidate Committees $5,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $156,725 Republican/Conservative $500
Entertainment Industry $131,000 Misc Issues $250
Real Estate $115,390 Pro-Life Organizations $250
Business Services $63,050
Misc Finance $62,850
Retired $54,700
Non-Profit Organizations $48,100
Manufacturing & Distributing $42,600
Universities $34,500
Source: Center for Responsive Politics [60]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Steve
Lonegan (R)
Cory
Booker (D)
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac October 10–14, 2013 1,696 ± 2.4% 40% 54% 5%
Harper Polling October 13–14, 2013 778 ± 3.5% 41% 52% 2% 5%
Rutgers-Eagleton October 7–13, 2013 513 ± 4.3% 36% 58% 3% 3%
Monmouth October 10–12, 2013 1,393 ± 2.6% 42% 52% 2% 4%
Stockton Polling Institute October 3–8, 2013 729 ± 3.6% 39% 50% 11%
Quinnipiac October 5–7, 2013 899 ± 3.3% 41% 53% 1% 5%
Rasmussen October 7, 2013 1,000 ± 3% 41% 53% 1% 5%
Fairleigh Dickinson University September 30–October 5, 2013 702 ± 3.7% 29% 45% 3% 23%
Monmouth September 26–29, 2013 571 ± 4.1% 40% 53% 3% 4%
Quinnipiac September 19–22, 2013 948 ± 3.2% 41% 53% 1% 6%
Stockton Polling Institute September 15–21, 2013 812 ± 3.4% 32.3% 58.4% 9.1%
Pulse Opinion Research September 19, 2013 1,000 ± ? 33% 52% 4% 10%
Rutgers-Eagleton September 3–9, 2013 462 ± 4.5% 29% 64% 1% 6%
Fairleigh Dickinson University August 21–27, 2013 700 ± 3.7% 22% 50% 4% 23%
Monmouth August 15–18, 2013 696 ± 3.7% 38% 54% 2% 5%
Quinnipiac August 1–5, 2013 2,042 ± 2.2% 29% 54% 1% 16%
Quinnipiac July 2–7, 2013 1,068 ± 3% 30% 53% 1% 16%
Rasmussen June 10–11, 2013 1,000 ± 3% 33% 50% 17%
Monmouth June 10–11, 2013 560 ± 4.2% 37% 53% 10%
Quinnipiac June 7–9, 2013 858 ± 3.4% 27% 54% 18%

Results[edit]

Results of the October election by municipality
  Booker
  Lonegan
  Tie (Ridgefield only)
  No votes recorded (Tavistock only)
2013 New Jersey U.S. Senate special election [61]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Cory Booker 740,742 54.92% -1.11%
Republican Steve Lonegan 593,684 44.02% +2.07%
Independent Edward C. Stackhouse, Jr. 5,138 0.38%
Independent Robert Depasquale 3,137 0.23%
Independent Stuart David Meissner 2,051 0.15%
Independent Pablo Olivera 1,530 0.11%
Independent Antonio Nico Sabas 1,336 0.1%
Independent Eugene M. LaVergne 1,041 0.08%
Majority 147,058 10.9%
Turnout 1,348,659
Democratic gain from Republican Swing Decrease 2.4%

See also[edit]





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