BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Chris Christie on Tuesday announced the following dates for the special election:
Primary: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
General Election: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
(TRENTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is holding a 1:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday and sources briefed on the governor’s thinking say it’s likely he will address the special election process to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg and the dates it’s likely to be held.
The governor is not expected to name a replacement resulting from Lautenberg’s death Monday.
Even as the scheduled time for Christie’s announcement approaches, one person briefed on the discussions said the debate inside the top echelons of Christie’s political world were continuing.
“This is happening so quickly,” the source told ABC News. “But where they’ll end up at 1:30 p.m., I don’t know definitely. It’s not done yet.”
Names being floated for an immediate appointment include New Jersey state Senate GOP leader Tom Kean Jr., son of the popular former governor who lost to Sen. Bob Menendez in 2006. There’s also state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, former state GOP chairman, who chaired Christie’s 2009 campaign and lost to Menendez last year.
Other potential appointees include Christie’s Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assembly GOP leader Jon Bramnick, and Bill Baroni named by Christie in 2010 to serve as the deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Another name on lists as a placeholder is Tom Kean Sr., Christie’s political mentor.
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