New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has named state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (kee-AY'-sah) to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death.
Chiesa worked with Christie in the U.S. attorney's office before becoming the top lawyer for the state government. He has overseen gun buyback programs all over the state, but has not had a particularly high profile.
Christie has scheduled a special election for October to fill the seat until it expires in January 2015. Christie says Chiesa will not seek the seat for the rest of the term.
Lautenberg served nearly 30 years in the Senate. The liberal Democrat was 89.