Chris Christie Appoints Jeff Chiesa to U.S. Senate

Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)

Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie tapped state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the New Jersey’s next U.S. senator.

“It became clear to me that Attorney General Chiesa was the best decision,” Mr. Christie said.

Mr. Christie announced earlier this week that a special election will be held on Oct. 16 following an Aug. 13 primary. Mr. Chiesa is filling the seat left vacant by the death of former Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday.

Mr. Christie said his pick will not be a candidate for the Senate in the upcoming special election. He said he asked Mr. Chiesa after offering the position whether he would run for it later down the road and Mr. Chiesa responded that he wouldn’t.

The governor made the decision to call Mr. Chiesa Monday evening.

“I knew this day might come. Senator Lautenberg had been ill. I didn’t just start thinking about this Monday,” Mr. Christie said. “By Monday evening I was pretty certain about what I wanted to do.”

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