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.


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  1. ph

    you poor animals....he called for an election and appointed someone in the interim that is registered with his party...what did you expect?

    June 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. JamVee

    It seems many of the above commenters are not aware of how a Governor's "appointment" thing works. I you have a Democrat governor and one of the state's congressional seats comes available (retirement, illness or death), they almost invariably will appoint a Democrat to the position, no matter what party the departing congressperson belonged to. In this case, the Governor just happens to be a Republican . . . That's just the way it works. He is taking a lot of heat from his own party for calling for a special election, which will almost certainly put another Democrat back into that seat. He didn't have to do that by law.

    June 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. maximusvad

    He is politically doomed to end up like Romney trying to make his base happy along with independent America.

    June 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. JAW

    In case you haven't noticed, his appointee will not be running for a full term. This will not give the republicans a leg up with an incumbent. Now it's a level playing field. Had he appointed a republican who would also run for the seat, the democrats would be screaming. Had he appointed a democrat, the republicans would have a cow. This is as fair as he could be

    June 6, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. sbeth1

    This will do until the election. Fussing about money over the ability to vote. How sad.

    June 6, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. SCBAMA

    @getaclue...kind of like what is happening with Obama now?

    June 6, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. BillyD

    resident, you would still need a few more to appeal Obamacare. To impeach the President, you would need proof of wrong doing. If you had that, I'm sure you would find enough people from both sides to impeach.

    June 6, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. tehgreengrass

    This guy's on record as saying the only major issue he feels strongly about is border protection. How does this help New Jersey, a state closer to Canada than Mexico? Christie's nothing more than a partisan hack for this move. Chiesa can't even bring up an issue that matters to the state he's now unfortunately representing.

    June 6, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. just sayin

    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.
    -–

    hahahaha!! obama is even poisoning the political waters for hillary clinton in 2016 with all of his big government scandals and corruption. te republicans look forward to taking the senate out of democrat hands in 2014. thanks for all that gun control nonsense when 9 democrat senators come from red states. you guys are great!

    and if the democrats ideas are so good, why can't they win state elections? oh yeah, disastrous democrat fiscal policies ran a lot of the states into financial ruin and the people turned to republicans to get the ship floating and moving forward again.

    June 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Lee

    He has done an excellent job. I like it when he ticks off the repubs and dems, that shows progress.

    June 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Gov. Christie did exactly what current law specified. It would require a change to a NJ statute to change the date from October."

    No. It would have required him to wait a week or so to make the announcement. The deadline runs from the announcement of his decision to hold a special election instead of just appointing a fill-in until the next regular election. Instead, he rushed to make the announcement in order to force the elections to be separate, because costing NJ taxpayers millions of dollars is not as important as preventing the combination of the two elections from increasing turnout. GOPers/Teatrolls lose when turnout is high.

    June 6, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. just sayin

    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.
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    They couldn't re-elect their incompetent Democrat Governor. I believe he is, or should be, doing hard time in the pen for stealing billions from clients.

    June 6, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Chris

    I you always come to to CNN for some morning Laughs.

    June 6, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Mallory

    And just think, Chiesa only had to ruin the careers of 300+ NJ employees and their families to get this spot. I guess destroying the livelihoods of your own citizens is the key to success.

    June 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "and if the democrats ideas are so good, why can't they win state elections? oh yeah, disastrous democrat fiscal policies ran a lot of the states into financial ruin and the people turned to republicans to get the ship floating and moving forward again."

    All we have to do is look at the red states, who are getting more federal tax dollars than they contribute and are consistently at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to things like salaries, education levels, etc., to know just how laughable your statement is. Please proceed.

    June 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    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.
    -–

    hahahaha!! obama is even poisoning the political waters for hillary clinton in 2016 with all of his big government scandals and corruption. te republicans look forward to taking the senate out of democrat hands in 2014. thanks for all that gun control nonsense when 9 democrat senators come from red states. you guys are great!

    and if the democrats ideas are so good, why can't they win state elections? oh yeah, disastrous democrat fiscal policies ran a lot of the states into financial ruin and the people turned to republicans to get the ship floating and moving forward again.
    ***************
    Jindall, Sanford, Perry and other GOP governors all used stim money to balance their budgets retroactively, so how does that show sound fiscal sense? Rick Scott may as well resign for his lack of leadership, and none of the other states can point their governors for leadership on their economies. Even Kasich credited the auto bailout with improving the economy in Ohio: what policies have led to their economies getting better, other than being stopped from putting thousands of public sector workers out of a job-oh, thats right, they don't count as real jobs in your warped little world.

    June 6, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. StormsJC

    I've grown weary of all this finger pointing and second guessing of this appointment and special election. Christie did the right thing, appointed someone he trusts, and scheduled a special election so that the PEOPLE of the district can choose who they want to represent them. This is how democracy is SUPPOSED to work...

    June 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Who cares what Chiesa does? He will vote party-line on a few inconsequential things, while he prepares his resume for the private sector and cleans the office for Cory Booker.

    June 6, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. just sayin

    Mallory
    And just think, Chiesa only had to ruin the careers of 300+ NJ employees and their families to get this spot. I guess destroying the livelihoods of your own citizens is the key to success.
    -–

    i believe that was also the strategy of the democrats running the irs.

    June 6, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. CJ

    Did people expect him to appoint an interim Senator that wasn't from his party? If they did they need a reality check. No Democrat would appoint a Republican either.

    June 6, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. drewATX

    Exactly, why would he put a Dem in there?

    June 6, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Elliott Carlin

    Christy's 'tony soprano' act is old. The bloom is off the rose and he's an establishment liberal RINO-should be a Dim. Loves getting dat money in his hands.

    June 6, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. monbois

    There should be a federal law mandating that all vacant congressional seats (regardless of why they're vacant: death, resignation, whatever) can only be re-assigned to a member of the former occupant's own party. If the majority of New Jersey's citizens had wanted a Republican in this seat, they would have elected one.

    June 6, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. stevephoenix

    I always love it when liberals refer to themselves and their agenda as "Progressive." Taking money from people who work for a living and giving it to people who don't while having politicians decide what we can do with our lives isn't "Progressive," it's "Regressive."

    June 6, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. KCXPat

    "To have this chance to continue to serve in public life is a wonderful opportunity for everybody." Does that sentence make any sense???

    June 6, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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