New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to hold a special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) just three weeks before the regularly scheduled November election has led many -- in the state and nationally -- to criticize him for the cost of running a second election this fall.

Christie insisted his decision to schedule the October Senate special had everything to do with the law -- it was the earliest he could schedule it -- and nothing to do with politics.  His detractors insisted that Christie chose an October election to keep popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Senate candidate, from sharing the ballot with him.  Without Booker helping to drive Democratic turnout, the expectation is that Christie will easily defeat little known state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) in November to claim a second term.

Star Ledger cartoonist Drew Sheneman captured the back and forth over Christie's motives in a cartoon over the weekend. It's below.