By Max Pizarro | June 7th, 2013 - 5:09pm
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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."

The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

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“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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