Special Senate Primary Election is Tomorrow, But Does Anyone Care?

VOTE - sidewalk chalkThings to do on a hot mid-August Tuesday in Jersey:

1. Book, pack, or leave for over-priced, last-minute, before-summer-ends Shore get-away.
2. Start back-to-school shopping (even if no one in household goes to school).
3. Take mental health/humidity day. Crank A/C and discuss Breaking Bad premiere anything else on Facebook.
4. Do anything else.
5. Vote ?

Yes, good citizens, the 2013 Special Primary Election for U.S. Senate is tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 13, and everyone from CNN to my three-year-old niece is predicting a mighty slow day at the polls.

According to NJSpotlight.com, “Only the most committed, most dedicated, most partisan voters would show up on a Tuesday in August to vote in this election,” said Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and a political science professor at Rider University.

Six candidates are vying for the right to move on to the special October 16 election to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s seat — Democrats Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, and State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver; and on the Republican side, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and physician Alieta Eck.

Primaries are typically closed to all but previously-registered party voters, but anyone not currently affiliated with a party can do so on Tuesday at the polling place, and then vote in the election.

The Democratic contenders debated on TV earlier in the month.. More recently, Pallone was stumped by a reporter’s question about a topless woman; Lonegan’s staff quickly deleted an inappropriate anti-Booker tweet; and Booker has been getting heat about law firm payouts and criticism from the National Organization for Women.

Now back to regularly scheduled summer programming.

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  1. I am voting for Rush Holt, although I believe that Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver are also very good candidates.

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