Chris Christie Taps
Jeffrey Chiesa to Replace Late Lautenberg in US Senate
June 7, 2013
The top legal official in New Jersey has been named to fill a short-term
vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday picked the state's
attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, to be one of the state's two senators
through mid-October, when a special election will be held to fill the
position through early 2015.
seat was vacated earlier this week when Senator Frank Lautenberg died at
the age of 89. The wealthy businessman, a Democrat, was the
last-surviving World War II veteran in the Senate.
Chiesa, a Republican, has known Christie - also a Republican - for more
than two decades and was his chief lawyer before being nominated as the
state's attorney general in late 2011. A former federal prosecutor,
Chiesa initiated a state-wide program to buy back guns to keep them from
Chiesa said he has no plans to seek election to the Senate seat in the
October 16 election. Several Republican and Democratic candidates have
already said they plan to seek their party nominations for the seat in a
mid-August primary ballot.