Breaking: Christie appoints N.J. attorney general to Senate
June 6th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
10 months ago

Breaking: Christie appoints N.J. attorney general to Senate

(CNN) – Jeffrey Chiesa, New Jersey's attorney general, will serve as a U.S. senator until the seat is filled in a special election later this year, Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday.

Chiesa will serve until a new senator is chosen in an October 16 special election. A primary vote will take place August 13. Christie said Thursday Chiesa will not make a bid for the permanent seat.

"To have this chance to continue to serve in public life is a wonderful opportunity for everybody," said Chiesa, who's served as attorney general since January 2012. Previously he acted as Christie's chief counsel and executive director of the New Jersey's governor's transition team. He is a registered Republican.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Senate
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  1. bill miller

    He would have been criticized for any decision but costing the NJ taxpayers an extra $12 Million is politically motivated and cowardly.

    June 6, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. jimkon

    Christie is a political hack just like many before him. Infrastructure projects are vital for the jobs creation and the future of our economy. Christie killed NJ to NYC tunnel that was 50% funded by Feds on a false premise (that was later refuted) that the estimated price tag was too low and that NJ would have to pay more. The tunnel was supposed to help a lot with the horrible daily congestion between NJ and NY but Christie decided to sacrifice the needs of NJ people (many of whom work in NYC) to acquire political score points as a "budget hawk". Also, thousands of long-term jobs in both NJ and NY would've been created.

    June 6, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Tightjumpa

    Definitely not fair to the people of NJ who elected a democrat.

    June 6, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Still playing both sides from the middle right Christie?

    It's really too bad you never wanted to lose weight because of your health and appearance, but realizing your weight would not get you into 1600 Pennyslvania Avenue, you suddenly took a real interest? You're a real clever and dangerous right wing "con artist" and you will never, ever get this vote but thanks for doing what you get paid to do anyway, your job.

    June 6, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. getaclue

    I was starting to like this guy. But this isn't cool. He replaced a liberal democrat with a republican. I know he called a special election for Oct. and I was impressed, but now it seems like we are just going to be in for another Republican towing the party line and putting on a show for the far right in the next presidential election until the candidate ends up looking totally devoid of moral character or a spine and looks totally ridiculous – like what happened to Romney.

    June 6, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. resident

    How many more interim Senators do we need to repeal Obamacare and impeach thr POTUS?

    June 6, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. it must be said

    jimkon
    Christie is a political hack just like many before him. Infrastructure projects are vital for the jobs creation and the future of our economy. Christie killed NJ to NYC tunnel that was 50% funded by Feds on a false premise (that was later refuted) that the estimated price tag was too low and that NJ would have to pay more.
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    The Boston Harbor tunnel (aka "The Big Dig") was estimated to cost $2 billion. Final cost: $15 billion. Christie is a very very wise man!

    June 6, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Grumpy

    As a fully registered, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, I am not surprised that Gov. Christie appointed a Republican to fill out the term of a Democrat senator. That's politics. I am surprised, and quite pleased that the good Gov. did not appoint this gentleman for the remainder of the vacated term, which was well within the Gov's rights. His allowing for a special election in Oct. is a positive move for the Democrats to maintain their seat.

    June 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    He's been appointed to help kill immigration reform. Some of his other statements, the ones CNN ignored, indicate as much.

    June 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. anonymous

    well at least he hasn't complete lost his mind by appointing a democrat. he still screwed up by not just appointing somebody until the 2014 election. but when you're a republican in a blue state sometimes you have to do things that are nutty to please the nutty left.

    June 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Hillcrester

    This is a direct reflection of the GOP strategy: Knowing they are unlikely to win the Presidency any time soon, they are trying to govern "nationally" by winning State legislatures and Governorships, then redistricting and using appointments (see MA and NJ) to hold the House and block Dems in the Senate.

    June 6, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    Great choice, we need as many Republicans that we can get. We need to repeal Obama Disaster Care.

    June 6, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. AP

    To those complaining he replaced a lib dem with a repub – All Governors do that – they give there party a seat. The sad thing is Chrissie screwed NJ taxpayers and his own party by not putting in a fiscal conservative to sit til Nov 2014. He is playing all sides and is just another hack politician trying to foster favor with everyone – like strolling on the beach with Obama.

    June 6, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. hasaclue

    Really people? He had to appoint someone, and he appointed the AG. And its only for 3 months, and what the he ll has the senate done any ways ? Its just a filler spot. Calm down.

    June 6, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Mona

    Just when I was getting to START to like my first republican......oh well!

    June 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. C W

    It is the governor's right to appoint anyone that he or she feels is best qualified to serve. Show me a Democratic governor who would choose a Republican to fill a seat, and I'll be mollified. If NJ voters are truly unhappy with his actions here, they have the right to vote him out of office this fall. Personally (as a Liberterian), I think he did right by the people of New Jersey by allowing them to choose their Senator as soon as possible, and did right by his principles by appointing an obviously well qualified person who he knows, respects, and trusts.

    June 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    bill miller

    He would have been criticized for any decision but costing the NJ taxpayers an extra $12 Million is politically motivated and cowardly.
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    Gov. Christie did exactly what current law specified. It would require a change to a NJ statute to change the date from October. To do as you suggest would actually be a violation of the law.

    June 6, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. John

    The voters of NJ voted for a democrat, but Christie doesn't seem to grasp the voters wants. I feel sorry for the voters in NJ.

    June 6, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Tightjumpa wrote:

    Definitely not fair to the people of NJ who elected a democrat.
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    It's what they deserve for electing a Republican to be their governer.

    June 6, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Dean

    getaclue – how did Romney look totally devoid of moral character? Or do you have him confused with Obama?

    June 6, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. sammy750

    He had to PLEASE the cry baby Republicans.

    June 6, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Kris L

    Terrible. Republicans getting a two seat swing for a few month despite the will of the people of New Jersey.

    June 6, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Jack Carson

    Sure, the people of NJ elected a democrat senator, so you can argue that Christie should have stuff with a democrat replacement, however the people of NJ also elected a republican governor, and one of the powers the govern has is to appoint senators when a seat is vacated. Now sure, you can say that most of the people of NJ had no idea he be using that power when they elected him, but you can't really accuse him of being unfair when he uses a power he was elected to have in the manner that a government typically uses it in in relation to their party. Plus it's only a 4 month appointment, and I can't think of any major democrat legislation coming up that will hinge on one vote in the senate.

    June 6, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. dallasdawg

    Tightjumpa, the people of NJ also elected a Republican governor whose job is to appoint someone to temporarily fill the vacant seat.

    June 6, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Andrew

    LOL. Who needs an interim senator? That is like designating something else in your fridge as the interim milk carton until you buy more.

    These old men deserve no respect and get none from me.

    June 6, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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