Christie expected to name Senate seat successor

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. The announcement did not specify a topic, but he has said he expected to have a senator in Washington next week.

Lautenberg died Monday after nearly 30 years in the Senate. The liberal Democrat was 89.

Christie is expected to name a Republican to fill the seat until after a special election set for October.

Rep. Rush Holt became the first Democrat on Thursday to announce he's seeking his party's nomination in its August primary. Former Bogota (ba-GOH'-tah) Mayor Steve Lonegan is to announce Thursday that he'll seek the Republican nomination.