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Christie announces date for special election to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 14:29:11-04

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has set a special election in the fall to replace longtime New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at the age of 89.

Christie said a primary will be held on Aug. 13, and the general election would take place on Oct. 16.

Lautenberg, a Democrat who was the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, died Monday after complications from viral pneumonia.

Before the election, Christie will appoint a short-term successor. Christie did not say Tuesday whom he intended to pick. The decision will face considerable political scrutiny.

The term for Lautenberg’s seat expires in January 2015.