Cory Booker’s election to a special one-year term for U.S. Senate cost taxpayers $12 million yesterday, according to estimates by the state’s Office of Legislative Services. That includes the cost of printing and mailing ballots, transporting voting machines, renting polling places, and hiring poll workers.
Gov. Chris Christie made the decision to hold the election in the middle of October, rather than allow the election for a special term to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg to be combined with his reelection campaign this November. Christie has said that the state will reimburse counties for the cost by December 31, but some county officials have voiced opposition, noting that the counties must front the money for the election and hoping that the state reimburses them in a timely manner.