Chris Christie Appoints Jeff Chiesa to U.S. Senate

Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)
Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie tapped state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the New Jersey’s next U.S. senator.

“It became clear to me that Attorney General Chiesa was the best decision,” Mr. Christie said.

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Joe Biden Jokes About Always Being One-Upped by Frank Lautenberg at Senator’s Funeral

The casket of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg is carried out of the Park Avenue Synagogue after his funeral. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The casket of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg is carried out of the Park Avenue Synagogue after his funeral. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Friends, family, dozens of senators and other officials, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gathered under a Park Avenue synagogue’s stained glass dome Wednesday to pay tribute to New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at the age of 89.

The touching service included many moments of laughter and tears. But the highlight was the eulogy by Mr. Biden, who joked about how Mr. Lautenberg never stopped one-upping him during the 25 years they served together as close friends in the senate.

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Chris Christie Calls for October Election to Replace Frank Lautenberg

Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)
Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)

Gov. Chris Christie today called for a special election on Oct. 16 to replace U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at the age of 89.

The October special election means the primary will be held on Aug. 13.

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Frank Lautenberg’s Potential Successors

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

While conflicting, state statutes give Gov. Chris Christie potent arguments to make to schedule the statewide election for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) seat on a date other than this year’s November gubernatorial election.

Tasked to succeed Senator Lautenberg, the governor’s choice can remain in the seat until a special election of the governor’s choosing, potentially as late as November of 2014, according to one reading of state law.

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New York’s Senators Recall Frank Lautenberg’s Legacy

Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Although New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning, his memory lives on, according to two of his former colleagues from across the Hudson River.

“Frank Lautenberg was the very best of the greatest generation. He grew up poor, served his nation bravely during World War II, led a company that created tens of thousands of jobs, and spent the second half of his life giving back via public service,” New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, gushed in a statement. “And, boy, did he give back a lot.”

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The Political Context of Frank Lautenberg’s Passing

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

The political world is mourning the loss today of a New Jersey icon, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died at the age of 89.

The fact that it is an election year has the same people eager to know what will happen to the seat that Senator Lautenberg held.

There are competing statues.

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Charlie Rangel Reacts to Frank Lautenberg’s Death

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”

“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”

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