Is Chris Christie afraid of Cory Booker?

In what critics are calling a sketchy move, Christie has ensured he won't share a ballot with the popular Newark mayor

Cory Booker and Gov. Chris Christie
(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

In a decision with deep political implications, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday announced a special election in October to replace the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). He was thus able to keep his own November re-election date free from the threat of a popular down-ticket distraction: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), who has made it clear he wants Lautenberg's seat.

A primary election will be held on Aug. 13, with the special election on Oct. 16.

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