New Jersey Votes to Fill Lautenberg Senate Seat

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan vie for U.S. Senate seat in special election.
2:39 | 10/16/13

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Polls are open right now for the special New Jersey senate election this morning. Voters have been picking who they want to fill the seat left. Vacant by the late senator Frank Lautenberg on the ballot democratic Newark Newark mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lott again the former mayor of -- go to Eyewitness News reporter Anthony Johnson is live in Newark right now with more on the race -- Well Michelle the -- both men and today's election is the -- we need to make this. Perfectly clear this is the -- the bond expired term by the death. A senator Lautenberg whoever wins today actually serves a little more than one year the have to come back again and 2014 to run. For a full term in the US senate but both men say they would be honored to serve the state -- New Jersey and cops. The candidates did share the fact that they both cast their ballots early but that's where any similarities and as they remain miles apart. And what they each stand for in this campaign. Newark mayor Cory Booker says all eyes are focused on the Jersey and the outcome of this race this is a chance to really. In my opinion on the message to Washington DC reject the shut down. And senate leader like myself down -- who's committed. To bringing people together -- has been considered the front runner but says the only thing that counts today -- the voters the end of -- -- polls don't matter people do. -- polls don't vote people do and today it's really the -- that matters meanwhile Republicans Steve Lott again was joined by his wife as he voted this morning. The former but go to mayor says despite the tone of the campaign it's been worth it I feel great I -- that everything I possibly could. I think but my best look forward looking at a level. -- it wouldn't have the vote. Monica and is upbeat because he believes his support comes from the Tea Party conservatives and other top state officials we started -- Governor Christie felt scared because Jordan -- TV commercials fund raiser in the morning Governor Christie who were reported -- to every Republican -- will be your. -- do you get out. As for the governor he voted in -- them New Jersey this special election takes place just three weeks before the election for governor and New Jersey. So his trip this morning to the polls -- almost a rehearsal for the vote he will cast on November of that. At a lot of people have criticized this Election Day because they said it should have been held until. November of that that's costing the state twenty million dollars to have the special election and many said why not just let the special election take place three weeks about the same time. Of the general -- That is the latest live from New Jersey Anthony Johnson channels that high witness news.

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