Christie Names Republican AG to Senate Seat

Jeffrey Chiesa will hold Lautenberg's spot til special election
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
In this May 3, 2013, New Jersey AG Jeffrey Chiesa, whom Chris Christie has named to temporarily fill the US Senate seat left vacant this week with Frank Lautenberg's death.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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(Newser) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today named a longtime loyal colleague, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to temporarily fill the US Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death. Chiesa, 47, has never held or run for political office and will not seek the office in an October special election to fill the seat for a longer period, Christie said. Chiesa will be the first Republican to represent New Jersey in the Senate since 1982.

When Chiesa takes office on Monday—just ahead of hearings on immigration reform—the Senate will have 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans, and two independents who generally vote with the Democrats. "I will try to contribute in any way I can," Chiesa said, noting that a limited time in Washington—just four months—is likely to restrict just how much he can accomplish. (Read more Chris Christie stories.)

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