By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Anyone interested in running in the New Jersey special election to fill the US Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg will have to act quickly to get into the race.

It’s a real work in progress.

Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie said he thought the deadline for would-be candidates to gather about a thousand signatures to qualify for the August 13th primary was about two weeks away.

It turns out that the deadline, under state law, is this coming Monday.

(Dr. Larry Butler of Rowan University.  Photo provided)

(Dr. Larry Butler of Rowan University. Photo provided)

Rowan University political analyst Larry Butler (right) thinks the burden, albeit difficult, can be met.

“What it would take is having an organization that’s already in place,” Butler notes.  Translation: professional politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Butler says candidates won’t have to resign their current elected posts to run unless they accept an interim appointment to the post from Christie.

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