Skip to comments.Chris Christie Senate Appt. Announcement Live (Atty Gen Jeff Chiesa; will not run in election)
Posted on 06/06/2013 10:44:13 AM PDT by Perdogg
Chris Christie just announced that the NJ State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa will be appointed to the Senate pending the Special Election in October.
Chiesa will not run
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That’s pretty much a confirmation that Christie plans to switch parties.
Sen. Jeffrey S. Chiesa, R-NJ. (He just said he was a registered Republican)
Yep all that’s left is an official ceremony
NJ governor names state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to temporarily fill US Senate seat
By: ANGELA DELLI SANTI and GEOFF MULVIHILL , AP
Updated: June 6, 2013 - 12:44 PM
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has named state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (kee-AY’-sah) to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg’s death.
Chiesa worked with Christie in the U.S. attorney’s office before becoming the top lawyer for the state government. He has overseen gun buyback programs all over the state, but has not had a particularly high profile.
Christie has scheduled a special election for October to fill the seat until it expires in January 2015. Christie says Chiesa will not seek the seat for the rest of the term.
Lautenberg served nearly 30 years in the Senate. The liberal Democrat was 89.
As candidates start lining up to run for the U.S. Senate seat that opened when Frank Lautenberg died Monday, Gov. Chris Christie appeared poised Thursday to name someone to fill the office temporarily.
The Republican governor scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton, but did not specify a topic. He has said he expected to have a senator working in Washington by next week.
Lautenberg died Monday after nearly 30 years in the Senate. The liberal Democrat was 89.
Christie is expected to name a Republican to fill the seat until after a special election set for Oct. 16. He has not said whether he will name a placeholder or someone who will seek a full term.
Whoever wins in October will have to run again in the fall of 2014 when the term is up.
The races will shape up quickly because of a deadline Monday for candidates to file papers declaring they are in the race. A primary is set for August.
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt became the first Democrat to announce he’s seeking his party’s nomination.
In an email Thursday to supporters, he explained why he’s running. “The reason is simple,” he wrote. “I believe I am the best candidate to continue the passionate advocacy for progressive values that Sen. Lautenberg exemplified.”
Holt, now 64, was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory for most of the 1990s before being elected to Congress in 1998. Around his central New Jersey district, it’s not uncommon to see a bumper sticker that proclaims, accurately: “My congressman IS a rocket scientist.”
He’s considered one of the most liberal members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. He’s pushed for laws against racial profiling and has been critical of drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands and waters.
Two well-funded Democrats, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, had expressed interest in the seat before Lautenberg died, but neither has made an announcement so far. Booker began raising money to seek the seat in January and has brought in about $2 million.
The only Republican in the race so far is former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative who has twice sought his party’s nomination for governor.
Lonegan, who runs the New Jersey office for American for Prosperity, said Wednesday that he looks forward to weighing in on national issues such as the Obama administration’s handling of the attack last year at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and the selective scrutiny of conservative groups’ nonprofit tax applications.
Not that this all matters much... Cory Booker has this one in the bag.
Why do you say that?
its at least one less vote for Dems hopefully for 5 months....
His political actions since Sandy indicates that he may have burned his bridges with Republicans.
Christie just threw the Senate race to the democrats.
Good riddance. That way he can be honest with himself when he kisses 0bama's ass.
But this guy is a Republican. RINO, most likely, but not someone whose votes will echo Harry Reid’s.
like the Republicans were ever gonna win that one.......placeholder at best.
Unfortunately Chiesa’s not running.
Chiesa already said he won’t run in the election.
Thanks for nothing, fatso.
10% voted for his primary opponent last Tuesday...FWIW..
I know I won’t be voting for his fat a$$ in the fall.
I don’t think Christie will switch parties. The Dems clearly want a bunch of liberals in the GOP tent.
A state Attorney General who’s a Republican could be a good thing. With a few exceptions, most US Senators seem really clueless about what’s legal or constitutional.
In other words, we’ll have a Republican in the seat for 4 months.
Thats the best we got out of Christie. No one who was willing to have power of incumbency and try to go beyond that I guess.
well they know they have no chance of taking that senate seat, its a lost cause.
Christie should have let the republican serve the full term in that case.
the NJ legislature would have just bounced the other law back in to prevent just that. That really was the best the GOP was gonna get out of it.
Chiesa grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey, the eldest of three children. When he was 8 years old, his father, a chemical plant worker, died, and he was raised by his mother, a public school teacher. He graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1990.
Catholic. Single mom union school teacher. Likely at least half Italian. Hmmm. The ONLY vote of his that will matter before Booker's coronation will be on the Gang Rape of 8 bill.
If Christie wants a political future he’s gonna HAVE to switch parties, because he is T-O-A-S-T as a Republican.
I don’t think that Christie is afraid to lose reelection if the Senate election was on the November ballot—the sacrificial-lamb Democrat running against him has no chance. What Christie wanted to avoid was the Senate race becoming the big-ticket item in November, drumming up Democrat (particularly black) turnout and helping the Democrats hold both houses of the state legislature. With the gubernatorial race the only really big contest, and Christie winning big, he might be able to sweep in GOP majorities in the Senate (which would allow him finally to appoint two new members of the state Supreme Court) and House. And, yes, Christie could have declared that the special election wouldn’t be held until November 2014, but if he did that the NJ Supreme Court likely would have ruled that it had to be held no later than November 2013 and scheduled it for the same date as the gubernatorial and legislative election, so he preemptively had to pick a date prior to this November.
I agree!!! Unlike most on thos site.....I believe the whole political world will chang radically over the four-five months...before the Special USA Senate race in NJ!!! Having Chiesa as an “R” is positve, if, as he proclaims, he is generally a conservative. If we just get off our butts and get to work in Massachusetts, we just might get a win for Gomez over low life, Democrat, Markey on June 25th!!! That would mean the Pubbies would have 2 more “Rs” until at least October!!! those two can tie the Democrats in knots within the USA Senate!!!
With the huge Mark Sanford, Jason Smith conservative victories in SC & MO elections, recently, the House remains safely and strongly Republican/conservative!!!
Folks....Republican in MA &DC get off your butts, ante up the big bucks needed for victory in MA and let’s fight to get Gomez elected in Massachusetts. Yes....it’s a toughie....but....no one said it would be easy to take down, Obama, the dictator, enemy of freedom, liberty and opportunity!!!
Exactly. Every Democratic governor in the country would have appointed somebody in his own party to complete the term.
But Christie punked out. He's still a'courtin' the NY Times editorial board and the left-leaning moderates, believing that he'll be their girl.
They'll bury his stupid fat ass as soon as their done using him.
If Christie wants a political future hes gonna HAVE to switch parties, because he is T-O-A-S-T as a Republican.
Don’t be so confident about that. After all the GOP just nominated Romney. Both the beltway GOP and Dems have a strong interest in marginalizing conservatives. The best way to do that is promote and FUND liberal Republicans like Chrstie. BOLO!
There is a fair chance of taking the NJ Senate, and if the Democrat's best candidate doesn't win the primary, an outside chance of a Republican pickup in October. Cory Booker may be their best candidate, but he's not the machine's favored candidate. With the Democrat effort now split over three elections, NJ politics is going to be almost as much fun to watch this summer as the scenery on my noontime jaunts on the boardwalk!
BTW, whoever wrote the article is particularly clueless about NJ politics -- Pallone is already collecting signatures; the deadline is Monday.
Wasn't gonna happen. The NJ law is badly written, with two contradictory parts of a single bill, so neither part takes precedence. It looks like nobody bothered to read it, or at least think it through. Or they never expected anyone to die the day before a primary election, and five months before an election. If Christie appointed a "permanent" Republican senator, The NJ Democrat party would sue, and they would win. The NJ Supreme Court is dominated by liberal/Democrats.
Except when it comes to gun control. Another RINO.
It's a waste of a pick considering he has no plans of running in the next election. Picking someone who has no plans to run is like giving the Dems an edge in the next election .
Hey, Norm, here's another one...sigh.
Very well-reasoned response.
A lot to juggle and consider, sounds like he made the right call.
One more thing.... Maybe the Dems will be too exhausted voting in October that they don’t turn out in November. :-)
What an idiot.
He should have named “Chelsea Clinton” to the spot to show the incompetency of the Dhimmicrats.
I think that is the idea. It must cost the Democrats a bundle to get their voters to the polls, and that is why the off year gubernatorial elections get NJ the occasional Republican governor. It costs the Democrats too much to crank up the machine for off-year elections. This is an off year, plus their effort needs to be split over three elections.
As a true conservative, Steve Lonegan would never have gotten the Republican nomination under normal circumstances. This will make for a very interesting summer and fall.
That fat waste of space. Does he not realize the minute he is out of ear when meeting Obama, he is getting ridiculed? They have a field day with him. For me he is worse than Obama. He is supposed to be part of the only tangible opposition yet for the right price he will sell his soul.
If only Democraps declared the race unwinnable every red state they won in the past several cycles (ND, LA, AR, NC, AK, the list goes on)...
I would ask that if getting RINOs into power is such a good thing for America, why not just side with more conservative/less moonbat democrats to begin with?
That’s a serious question because these rocket surgeons are convinced that ‘lesser evils’ are the way to go. Why not simply avoid the hassle? Conservative Democrats would be an easy win. And winning, they tell us, is what matters most.
Best of both worlds...
True. However, there are no more conservative democrats. The party won't back or fund them.
But that’s the beauty of it. Winning is all that matters to Leftist Republicans and FRs liberal wing. So they can get their win, claim it was a lesser evil and say that their beibers were stuned when the conservative dem that does not exist turns out to be a regular variety.
Doesn’t make sense? No it doesn’t. Neither does voting for lib Republicans just because they sport a ‘R’, so they will feel right at home.