Chris Christie has appointed NJ Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the interim replacement for Sen Lautenberg’s seat. The two have a long history together. From Chiesa’s Wikipedia Bio:
In 1988, Chiesa joined the Cranford law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci (now known as Dughi & Hewit). There he met Chris Christie, who had joined the firm in 1987.
In 2002, he followed Christie to the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey …
In 2009, after Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey, Chiesa headed his transition team. Christie then named Chiesa his chief counsel. He served in this position until being nominated by Christie to succeed Paula Dow as Attorney General on December 12, 2011.
Here’s his Offical Bio on the State of NJ Website.
According to Bloomberg, Rep Rush Holt is planning on running in the special. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is also expected to run, as is Rep Frank Pallone. It will be an interesting primary. For the Republicans, the only one who has expressed interest is Steve Lonegan, a right wing crazy associated with Americans for Prosperity.