Chiesa has ‘no regrets’ over U.S. Senate votes missed to honor family commitments

New Jersey’s temporary U.S. Senator says he has no regrets about missing votes during his first two months in office.

Jeff Chiesa has missed more votes than any other member of the current Senate since he was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie on June 10 to temporarily fill the seat after the death of Frank Lautenberg.

Chiesa says family commitments kept him away from Washington.

“The first one was my son’s eighth-grade graduation. That was something I was simply not going to miss,” he said. “We’d also had a longstanding plan for a family getaway in July. I skipped a good part of it, but I stayed for part of it.”

Chiesa says he had no hesitation about his decisions because he’s a father and a husband first.

Asked whether he’ll be there to cast votes for his remaining eight weeks in the Senate, he said, “I’m going to do my job.”

Chiesa says he’s focusing on Sandy recovery and human trafficking as key issues during his short Senate stay.

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