TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appointed state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa as a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The governor made the announcement at a news conference in Trenton on Thursday.
Chiesa, a registered Republican, will hold the office until a special election takes place in October and Christie said Chiesa will not run for the seat. He will take office on Monday.
“I said on Monday that I was going to select the person who I thought would be the best person to represent New Jersey between now and Oct. 16,” Christie said. “During the last few days as I’ve gotten to deliberate on this issue, it became clear to me that Attorney General Chiesa would be the best person to represent the people of the State of New Jersey in the United States Senate.”
“I knew this day might come. Senator Lautenberg had been ill and I knew this day might some, so I didn’t start thinking about this on Monday. I’ve been thinking about it on and off for some period of time,” Christie added.