Christie says no to race against Lautenberg

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie says he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in 2008 against Frank Lautenberg, and told the Associated Press that he intends to continue as federal prosecutor for at least another year. Christie is considered the front runner for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2009, if he wants it. Christie is the second Republican to decline to challenge the 82-year-old Lautenberg: Congressman Mike Ferguson said last month that he will seek re-election to the House. That leaves State Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr., and Assemblymen Bill Baroni and Michael Doherty as the most likely candidates.