The special election for U.S. Senate in New Jersey will be held on October 16, 2013, following major party primaries on August 13th. Popular Newark mayor Cory Booker is expected to easily win the Democratic Party nomination while former two-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan is almost assured victory in the Republican contest. The special election is being held due to Senator Frank Lautenberg’s death on June 3, 2013.
The New Jersey Libertarian Party plans on running its own candidate. From the NJLP Facebook page, July 26th:
URGENT – YOUR HELP NEEDED We have a potential U.S. Senate candidate – we just need your help to get him on the ballot. Frank Cipriani is an NJLP member and has been approved by the board. He will make an excellent candidate.
I put together his petition at http://njlp.org/uploads/petitions Please print one out today and get some signatures this weekend. We really want to hit 400 signatures by Monday. On Monday we will reassess our progress and decide if we should continue.
The state party is also running Ken Kaplan for Governor, Don DeZarn for State Senate, Sean O’Connor and Steve Uccio for State Assembly in the 14th district, and Patrick McNight for State Assembly in the 16th district. Interestingly, DeZarn, O’Connor and Uccio all live in East Windsor, a township of just over 27,000 people in Mercer County, which is home to the state capital, Trenton.