The law firm of Shain, Schaffer and Rafanello has filed for emergent relief in the appellate division of the Superior Court of New Jersey concerning the decision by Gov. Chris Christie to hold the U.S. Senate election on October 16th.
Attorney Peg Schaffer, who is chair of the Somerset County Democratic Committee, said she believes the time frame chosen by the governor is defective and designed to suppress the vote and wants the U.S. Senate general election moved to November 5th, on the same day of the gubernatorial general election.
The plaintiffs listed in the filing include Marie Corfield, a candidate for the Assembly in the 16th District; Joe Grillo and Joseph Danielsen.
The firm's application with the court alleges that the fundamental rights of both candidates and voters will be negatively impacted by Christie's timeline.
"Potential candidates will be foreclosed from appearing on the ballot; this harm will occur on 6/10/13, 64 days before the date set for the primary. As of 4 p.m. on that day, costs which are estimated to exceed $12 million will begin to accrue in preparation for the special election."
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