So under the quickest scenario, Garden State voters got an Aug. 13 primary and Oct. 16 general election.
Now for the political explanation.
Christie was criticized by Democrats for setting the election for today as opposed to having it take place during the regularly scheduled statewide election Nov. 5. Doing the latter would have spared the state the costs of holding two separate elections.
So why didn't Christie do that? To hear some Democrats tell it, his decision is rooted in a desire to protect himself. Having popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) appear on the same ballot could have spurred more support for Christie's Democratic opponent, the thinking went. Under the timeline Christie set in motion, he doesn't have to worry about any kind of coattail effect.
Whatever the motivation, we know this much: Non-Tuesday elections are not unprecedented. Just look at Louisiana, which is holding a special House election Saturday.