Booker, Lonegan face off in special election in New Jersey

Published: 6:00 PM EDT Oct 16, 2013   Updated: 9:06 PM EDT Oct 16, 2013

Wednesday was election day in New Jersey. The special election was held to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. The race was between Democrat Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, and Republican Steven Lonegan, the fromer mayor of Bogota, New Jersey. The winner will fill out the remaining 15 months of the term.

69 News spoke with voters at a polling location in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

"This is an important election. All elections are important," said Joan O'Rourke.

"It's getting kind of aggravating the way the government has been, they need to really compromise and get on with things. It's kind of a feeling of you know I don't know, just anger and frustration," said Sharon Jiorle. "Originally I thought the election was dumb but at the same time we need to shake things up and move things around and I'll be back to vote in a couple weeks."

Henry Skirbst, another voter, said, "It is unique in having a special election in October rather than during the general election in November."

Many of the voters encouraged others to get out to the polls.

"Regardless of who you vote for, go vote. We have the wonderful freedom in this country to exercise our democratic right and cast our vote," said Skirbst. "People around the world are dying for this opportunity so exercise your vote, regardless of who it is."

Stay with 69 News and for the results of the race.