You paid $12 million for today’s special election. You might as well vote and get the most for your money.
Gov. Chris Christie had to spend something to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Frank Lautenberg died in June. The parties needed a primary to choose candidates; that was held Aug. 13, and cost $11.9 million. But today’s special election — on a Wednesday, no less — was entirely unnecessary. Christie could have saved taxpayers the extra $12 million today’s balloting will cost by pairing it with the Nov. 5 general election — the same day he stands for re-election.
The odd calendar spot makes it difficult to predict how today’s voting between Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan will go. Pre-election polls have Booker leading by double digits. Few argue, however, that Lonegan brought late momentum to the race.
August’s primary saw a near-record low 9 percent turnout. Pollsters predict today’s turnout between 30 and 40 percent. Low turnout typically favors the GOP, but Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, says this Election Day is too different to rely on old norms.
So go vote. You’ve already paid the big bill.