Skip to comments.Chris Christie appoints NJ Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as interim senator
Posted on 06/06/2013 12:02:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Chris Christie has appointed New Jerseys 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 Ive 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.
Im 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.).
Christies 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.
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Well, at least he’s a Republican!
Is he a Republican?
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.
At least he calls himself a Republican. But then.....so does Christie.
I WAS GOING TO ASK IF HE WAS A REPUBLICAN!!! FATBOY DID SOMETHING RIGHT FOR A CHANGE.
OK, is he a RINO?
RE: Well, at least hes 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?
Not encouraging, considering Christie is as well.
Will be good as a count holder in the Senate, though.
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.
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
To all Enoses. Vas ist mitt dis time for spekulations hummm?
At least he’ll get through August when hairy tries to modify the filibuster rules.
Why would Chiesa leave an elected, longer-term position for a cameo in the Senate?
Isn’t this going to end Chieasa’s career in state politics?
He says he’s a Catholic, and says he’s a Republican. Let’s see how this goes.
Spekulation - weil wir früher durch RINOs verschraubt sind.
(translation: we speculate because we’re used to RINOs screwing us).
Kean Jr., Kyrillos, Doherty, OToole 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.
Lets see how he votes on Amnesty before we assign a party designation.
Yeah, a Republican who won’t run in the election, thanks for nothing, Fatso!
Naw, Christie Cream has an inside track.
Ann Coulters guy.
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!!!
Ann Coulter: People are lying to make Chris Christie seem more liberal than he actually is!
Gomez said last night he wants to join the gang of 8, making it 9. He is for amnesty.
Ain’t that pretty much what he needs to say to elected in Massa2shits?
RE: Ann Coulters guy.
Give it to Ann Coulter to admit she’s wrong when she believes she’s wrong.
Ann Coulter Blasts Chris Christie, Says Hes Off My List For 2016 In Fiery CPAC Speech
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.
Let us see how this all turns out.
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.
Well, at least hes a Republican!
Isn’t a NJ Republican like a MA Republican?
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).
At least he calls himself a Catholic.
But then.....so does Pelosi.
They’re just labels for some people.
Well, for once, something to weaken the Obama tyrannical regime and their allies in the tyranny, police-state-loving Democrat-controlled Senate.
So much for the separation of Church and State.
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.
>”the general election is Oct. 16, followed by an Aug. 13 primary is Aug. 13”<
Huh? I guess I need a new Calendar.
That might be true, but the “welfare man” outnumbers the “working man” now in NJ.
“So much for the separation of Church and State.”
And I say: Good for him.
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.
“...Fat boys 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.
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?
I like the idea.
But is he interested at all?
“...his campaign against fat ass being lousy...”
I don’t think “lousy” so much as the money just wasn’t there to compete.
Is he in the running?
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.