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Chris Christie appoints NJ Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as interim senator
Politico ^ | 06/06/2013 | MAGGIE HABERMAN

Posted on 06/06/2013 12:02:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Chris Christie has appointed New Jersey’s Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, a former federal prosecutor who worked for him as governor and as U.S. Attorney, as the interim senator replacing the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

“I said on Monday I was going to select the person I thought was going to be the best person to represent New Jersey between now and Oct. 13,” Christie told reporters. “During the last few days as I’ve gotten to deliberate on this decision, it became clear to me that Attorney General Chiesa would be the best person to represent the people of New Jersey in the United States Senate.”

Christie said Chiesa does not plan to run for the seat in the special election.

“I’m perfectly comfortable with that decision,” he said. Chiesa had not been among the names circulated in the early short-lists mentioned by Christie insiders.

Christie announced the selection at a news conference in Trenton, shortly before he was set to leave for a GOP donor retreat in Utah with Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Christie’s pick came three days after Lautenberg passed away at age 89.

Christie had said he wanted to move speedily to fill the seat. But given the timing of the special election he set — the general election is Oct. 16, followed by an Aug. 13 primary is Aug. 13 — the appointment will be relatively short-lived.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; chiesa; chrischristie; jeffchiesa; lautenberg; nj; njsenator; oldnews; rehash; senator
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1 posted on 06/06/2013 12:02:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, at least he’s a Republican!


3 posted on 06/06/2013 12:06:26 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is he a Republican?


4 posted on 06/06/2013 12:06:55 PM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind
I said on Monday I was going to select the person I thought was going to be the best person to represent...

You mean a person that would have no intention of being an incumbent, so that the "R" nominee later would have to start from scratch?

Ok, got it.

5 posted on 06/06/2013 12:07:28 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind

At least he calls himself a Republican. But then.....so does Christie.


6 posted on 06/06/2013 12:07:32 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I WAS GOING TO ASK IF HE WAS A REPUBLICAN!!! FATBOY DID SOMETHING RIGHT FOR A CHANGE.


7 posted on 06/06/2013 12:07:34 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

OK, is he a RINO?


8 posted on 06/06/2013 12:07:46 PM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Cowboy Bob

RE: Well, at least he’s a Republican!

The important question is this — What important issues will there be that needs a conservative vote between now and October 2013?

AND HOW WILL HE VOTE?


9 posted on 06/06/2013 12:07:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Cowboy Bob
Well, at least he’s a Republican!

Not encouraging, considering Christie is as well.

Will be good as a count holder in the Senate, though.

10 posted on 06/06/2013 12:08:31 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind; hoosiermama; penelopesire; SE Mom; thouworm; crosslink

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2012/01/new_jersey_attorney_general_je.html

New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa outlines priorities
Associated Press By Associated Press
on January 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

For the past two years, Jeff Chiesa had just one client: Gov. Chris Christie. And when he wasn’t working for him as the governor’s chief counsel, or as Christie’s executive assistant at the U.S. Attorney’s office, he was working alongside him in private dating back 20 years.

Now, as the state’s newest Attorney General, Chiesa is the one setting the agenda and overseeing a dozen divisions, more than 650 attorneys, and the New Jersey State Police.

In an hourlong interview with The Associated Press, he said it’s a role he never envisioned for himself but one worth embracing.

(snip)


11 posted on 06/06/2013 12:13:02 PM PDT by maggief
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To: SeekAndFind

Dingy Harry won’t swear him in for at least a month. That’s roughly the amount of time he made Scott Brown wait IIRC


12 posted on 06/06/2013 12:16:12 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: SeekAndFind

To all Enoses. Vas ist mitt dis time for spekulations hummm?


13 posted on 06/06/2013 12:25:08 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: SeekAndFind

At least he’ll get through August when hairy tries to modify the filibuster rules.


14 posted on 06/06/2013 12:30:31 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why would Chiesa leave an elected, longer-term position for a cameo in the Senate?


15 posted on 06/06/2013 12:36:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t this going to end Chieasa’s career in state politics?


16 posted on 06/06/2013 12:38:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

He says he’s a Catholic, and says he’s a Republican. Let’s see how this goes.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 12:42:23 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: mosesdapoet

Spekulation - weil wir früher durch RINOs verschraubt sind.

(translation: we speculate because we’re used to RINOs screwing us).


18 posted on 06/06/2013 12:45:48 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Coleus; jocon307; Alberta's Child; Pharmboy; Calpernia; Malsua; dead; nj26; ...
From earlier today:

Christie Struggles to Find a Senate Contender

Kean Jr., Kyrillos, Doherty, O’Toole – the list of Republicans who are not running seems to grow by the hour. This development only helps Steve Lonegan.

Christie is also expected to soon announce his interim appointment to the U.S. Senate. But with so many Republicans deciding against a run, the likeliehood of the appointed senator running for the seat is dimming.


19 posted on 06/06/2013 12:55:49 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Lets see how he votes on Amnesty before we assign a party designation.


20 posted on 06/06/2013 12:56:36 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Yeah, a Republican who won’t run in the election, thanks for nothing, Fatso!


21 posted on 06/06/2013 12:57:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GQuagmire

Naw, Christie Cream has an inside track.


22 posted on 06/06/2013 1:01:27 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: norwaypinesavage
At least he calls himself a Republican.
But then.....so does Christie.

Priceless.

23 posted on 06/06/2013 1:12:25 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: SeekAndFind

Ann Coulters guy.


24 posted on 06/06/2013 1:20:43 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Optomist that I am......this might not be a bad move!!! It gives the Pubbies another Senator for over four months!!! The pubbies now have 46 senators. With an outside chance, another seat could be picked up by Gomez in MA on June 25th. That make 47 Pubbie senators.

If the pubbies hold the line, the immigration bill, in present form will die. Also....the whole political world can change during these four months. If Obama fails to push any of his agenda through by October, he is finished until at least, November of 2014. Nothing will happen through early 2014 because all will be gearing up for the Mid-Term elections coming in November, 2014.

Many Democrats want nothing to do with Obama, and they will not go down with him. Things happen!!! The everyday scandals emerging around Obama, could bring Obama down or, at least make him ineffective, Obamacare could collapse completely and be rejected outright or altered im massive fashion!!!

A few Democrats may opt to change parties, at that point, only two or three Senators need to switch or just simply vote against Obama to stop anything Obama wants to do!!!.

You know what, we need that seat in MA. RNC, etc....get your butts in gear and pour the human resources and money into that MA Senate race, giving Gomez a good chance to win!!! Wishing & Hopeful!!!


25 posted on 06/06/2013 1:20:49 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Ann Coulter: People are lying to make Chris Christie seem more liberal than he actually is!

http://www.mofopolitics.com/2013/05/02/ann-coulter-people-are-lying-to-make-chris-christie-seem-more-liberal-than-he-actually-is/


26 posted on 06/06/2013 1:22:01 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Gomez said last night he wants to join the gang of 8, making it 9. He is for amnesty.


27 posted on 06/06/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT by mirkwood
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To: mirkwood

Ain’t that pretty much what he needs to say to elected in Massa2shits?


28 posted on 06/06/2013 1:28:53 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: NoLibZone

RE: Ann Coulters guy.

Give it to Ann Coulter to admit she’s wrong when she believes she’s wrong.

See here:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ann-coulter-blasts-chris-christie-says-hes-off-my-list-for-2016-in-fiery-cpac-speech/

TITLE:

Ann Coulter Blasts Chris Christie, Says He’s ‘Off My List’ For 2016 In Fiery CPAC Speech


29 posted on 06/06/2013 1:29:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What probably escapes most people is that NJ politics is “special”. And no matter the national political scene, Christie seems to know NJ politics, and NJ attitudes to a ‘t’.

Early on in his governorship, I read the comment that if you go into a working man’s bar in NJ, the place will be filled with guys just like Christie. He speaks their language, he knows their likes and dislikes. He eats their food and drinks their beer. Importantly, they know that and like it.

I mention this to say that he probably knows *exactly* what to do about this senate seat. How to treat it with an early election, that the typical NJsian would prefer, yet to put a popular Republican in the seat as well, giving him a huge advantage going into the special election.

So, national politics aside, which in the long run *might* get another Republican pickup in the senate, Christie is keeping the politics local, and giving the NJsians what they want.


30 posted on 06/06/2013 1:45:29 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I am no more happy with Christie's handling of the Obama photo-ops than anyone else. Yet I believe that Christie has done enough good for his State--after all his primary duty--to deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt by Conservatives in general.

Let us see how this all turns out.

William Flax

31 posted on 06/06/2013 1:48:56 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Cowboy Bob

Chris Christie might understand New Jersey politics perfectly, but does he understand Republican politics in Iowa and New Hampshire?

If Chris Christie intends to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he has a golden opportunity now to prove his loyalty to the Republican party by, first, choosing the best Republican candidate he can find to run for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat in October, endorsing him, and then doing everything possible to promote party unity by discouraging other Republicans from also contesting the seat.

If Chris Christie manages to do this, while the Democrats follow the usual procedure of allowing multiple egomaniacs to vie among themselves for the Senate seat, the Republicans will win and Mr. Christie will be able to take some credit in the snows of New Hampshire and the pig farms of Iowa when the time comes.

But if Chris Christie doesn’t make an effort and a Democrat wins the election to replace Frank Lautenberg, Chris Christie will not deserve Republican support in 2016. And at that point he might as well have his stomach unstapled and go back to pigging out again.


32 posted on 06/06/2013 2:19:51 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Cowboy Bob

Well, at least he’s a Republican!


Isn’t a NJ Republican like a MA Republican?


33 posted on 06/06/2013 2:35:27 PM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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To: Peet

Everybody in Jersey is pro-Mafia....that’s what counts. Doesn’t matter if you slant slightly toward Democrats or Republicans....just stay with the right guys (Tony and his crowd).


34 posted on 06/06/2013 2:55:16 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: norwaypinesavage

At least he calls himself a Catholic.
But then.....so does Pelosi.

They’re just labels for some people.


35 posted on 06/06/2013 2:57:49 PM PDT by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always The reason it was easymeans failure.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, for once, something to weaken the Obama tyrannical regime and their allies in the tyranny, police-state-loving Democrat-controlled Senate.


36 posted on 06/06/2013 3:01:08 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: SeekAndFind

So much for the separation of Church and State.


37 posted on 06/06/2013 3:20:37 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Then why not just appoint a conservative who wants to run, Lonegan? That way he can run from a position of strength as an incumbent. Christie’s a jerk.


38 posted on 06/06/2013 5:51:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

>”the general election is Oct. 16, followed by an Aug. 13 primary is Aug. 13”<

Huh? I guess I need a new Calendar.


39 posted on 06/06/2013 5:59:20 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The Democrat Party, making Treason mainstream for over fifty years...)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

That might be true, but the “welfare man” outnumbers the “working man” now in NJ.


40 posted on 06/06/2013 6:48:15 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: Verginius Rufus

“So much for the separation of Church and State.”


Hey, that’s my joke! : )


41 posted on 06/06/2013 7:03:18 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Bluestocking
I would suggest that everyone should simply eliminate the idea of a Christie presidential run in 2016 from their minds right now. Not only do I believe that he has no intention of running, but the truth of the matter is that -- like it or not -- Christie seems perfectly focused on serving as the chief executive of his state and doesn't seem to give a rat's @ss about the national political implications of his decisions.

And I say: Good for him.

42 posted on 06/06/2013 7:45:47 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: SeekAndFind; fieldmarshaldj; justiceseeker93; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; ...

The man claims to be a “Conservative Republican”.

He’s also not running in the special.

I would have appointed someone who was gonna run, fat boy seemed intent on a seat warmer which is why we heard Kean Senior’s name bandied about.

Meaning we need a candidate. Fat boy’s old primary opponent Steve Lonegan is only Republican in so far. I remember not having a high opinion of him, he’s a conservative but was a flaky candidate. The filing deadline is the 10th I believe.


43 posted on 06/07/2013 10:42:38 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

“...Fat boy’s old primary opponent Steve Lonegan ... but was a flaky candidate...”

Impy, I’m curious as to why you’re saying he was flaky?

I’ve heard his radio spot-ads on the local stations, and they were right on the money. He comes across to me as a plain-speaking, no-nonsense REAL conservative.

Not jumping on you, just not understanding where you’re coming from re Lonegan.


44 posted on 06/07/2013 11:06:14 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

I just remember (not very well) his campaign against fat ass being lousy. If his only opponent ends up being some RINO D-bag I’ll back him but I have trouble seeing him win.

Billyboy do you remember the Lonegan campaign?


45 posted on 06/07/2013 11:14:01 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; All
If you want a GOP candidate for Senate in NJ, how about Steve Forbes?
46 posted on 06/07/2013 11:15:49 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican

I like the idea.

But is he interested at all?


47 posted on 06/07/2013 11:18:40 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

“...his campaign against fat ass being lousy...”

I don’t think “lousy” so much as the money just wasn’t there to compete.


48 posted on 06/07/2013 11:22:28 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Is he in the running?


49 posted on 06/07/2013 11:23:38 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Impy; justiceseeker93; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Perdogg

I haven’t heard anything about Steve Forbes being interested in a blitzkrieg Senate run. He’d have to get 1,000 petition signatures in by Monday and have to campaign for an August primary and then an October general.

This October’s election will determine whether the Senate will have 45 Republicans or 46 Republicans until January 2015; the election that could help the GOP retake the Senate is in November 2014, when the NJ seat is up for a new 6-year term. So if Forbes truly wants to be a Senator, he’ll have a second bit at the apple in 18 months. Of course, he’s passed up these races time and time again, so I’m not very hopeful that he’ll run.


50 posted on 06/07/2013 1:31:51 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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