Christie: Special election to fill Senate seat
June 4th, 2013
03:16 PM ET

Christie: Special election to fill Senate seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election this year to replace Frank Lautenberg, the longtime Democratic senator who died early Monday.

Christie set the primary date as August 13, and said a general election vote will be held October 16. He'll name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election.

"We must allow our citizens to have their say," Christie said, noting the time between now and the 2014 election would have been too long for an unelected replacement to hold the seat.

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  1. BOMBO

    Is this the picture CNN will use for Christie from now on.

    He looks angry.

    Or hungry.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    I think hamsta should fill that position. He is distinguished,has great ideas, is a moderate socialist,got educated from the school of hard knox and will help make the great state of new jersey even better.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jvance

    Gov Christie is courting the swing centrist voters who decided the 2012 presidential election and probably will decide in 2016 as well. Wise long-term political move for himself and the GOP.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Indiana wants me. Lord I can't go back there.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not me. Having fun, JR?

      Christie swore in 2009 that he would not hold a special election should this senator die; he didn't want to cost the tax payers that much money. Why couldn't this election have taken place in the general election, only three weeks later? Hmmm.

      June 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    I agree @ rupert, and it will keep him busy. Plus he would learn how to really talk to people and not over them.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    tend to agree with @rupert &@chrissy. He has been missing for sometime on this blog.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    If citizens have to have their say then term limits is the legislation we need & now.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol @ saywhat either he was put in a place where he couldnt hurt himself nor others OR someone finally had enough of that mouth and took him out. Permanantly!

    June 5, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Kansas) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "We must allow our citizens to have their say," Christie said. Kinda the same way the hurricane victims were allowed to get thier lives back?

    June 6, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. The Prophet

    Who is we?

    June 7, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Prophet

    secret society members always get what they want!

    June 7, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Prophet

    *This year a major hurricane unlike any storm in recorded history will hit Missisippi.
    *The Baltimore Ravens will win the next Super Bowl.
    *President Obama will have one major crisis in the Middle East in the month of October, 2013.
    This will be his biggest challenge and will help define his presidency.

    June 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    Christie just picked someone to fill a spot for 4-5 months til special elections are made..He as well as most repubs know its a democrate in Cory Booker who'll fill that seat like it or not and Christie,republicans know it!!

    June 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |