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Gov. Chris Christie Chooses Lautenberg's Successor

Max Schwartz |
June 6, 2013 | 11:55 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

 

Gov. Chris Christie chose Jeffrey Chiesa to replace Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate. (Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons)
Gov. Chris Christie chose Jeffrey Chiesa to replace Frank Lautenberg in the U.S. Senate. (Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons)
Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie chose New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa Thursday to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg in the Senate.

Lautenberg died on June 3, and will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. There was a funeral service in New York on Wednesday that included politicians from New Jersey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden, among other politicians.

Lautenberg was a Democrat and the last surviving World War II veteran in the Senate.

After Gov. Christie made the announcement Chiesa described himself as, "a conservative Republican, generally." However, both Christie and Chiesa did add that he has an open mind.

Chiesa also said he will not run in the special election, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Since Chiesa will not be running, Democrats could win back the seat once held by Lautenberg. Members of the House who may not have considered running have thrown their names into the hat. One of these members is Representative Rush Holt, a Democrat. Many people expect Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run as well.

 

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