When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away on June 3, 2013, he was 89 years old. At
the time, he was also the oldest active senator and the only World War II veteran in the Senate.
His death left behind a vacancy that New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie filled with a
Republican, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.
However, Christie also scheduled a special election to be held on October 16, 2013 to determine who would
serve out the remainder of Lautenberg's term. As New Jersey is a strongly Democratic state,
Newark Mayor Cory Booker's victory in the Democratic primary virtually assured him a place in the
upper chamber of Congress. The charismatic Booker won an easy 11 point decision against
Republican Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, in the general election.
In the 2014 New Jersey Senate race, Booker is the incumbent seeking his first full term. His
quest promises to be a smooth ride mostly because the GOP bench in the Garden State leaves so much
to be desired. In fact, as of this writing, no Republican has even declared a run against Booker.
Preliminary projection: Solid DEM Hold
You can track this race throughout the 2014 election season here at Election Projection by visiting the
New Jersey Senate Election
page for polls, projections and updates. Also, check out the
2014 Senate Elections page for a
summary of all Senate races on tap in 2014 complete with EP's colorful red and blue Senate map.
posted by Scott Elliott at 10:56pm 01/14/14 :: link