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Christie Names NJ AG Jeff Chiesa as Interim Senator

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.[2] 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.


  1. Avilyn

    Not that I think the extra vote will really change much in the Senate.

    Chiesa has said he won’t run for the seat in the special election, so there is that at least.

  2. Avilyn

    3 on the D side, 1 on the RWNJ side, so far.  Although most likely, whoever wins the Democratic primary will win the Senate seat, barring major scandal.  R’s might have had a chance if the interim senator had decided to run in the election, but since Chiesa has said he’s not interested, whoever does run on the R side will not have the power of incumbency, and without that, I don’t think they have anyone strong enough to win.

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