New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa will step in to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. Don't spend too much time memorizing how to spell that tricky last name: He'll only be in the seat for the next 130 days or so.
Governor Chris Christie announced the appointment today in the state capital of Trenton. Chiesa, a Republican, was elected to the position of attorney general in 2011. He and Christie have worked together several times before, both in private practice and for the U.S. Attorney's office. Asreported by Politico, Christie told reporters that "it became clear" after consideration that Chiesa "would be the best person to represent the people of New Jersey in the United States Senate."
But not for long. Chiesa has pledged not to run for the Senate in the special election slated for October 16. So once he gets to Washington and takes the oath of office, he'll likely already be watching the clock. We've gone ahead and made a little ticker to display how much time Chiesa has left in his Senate term, once it starts.