Chris Christie expected to name U.S. Senate appointment today

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. However, the announcement did not specify a topic.

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 Oct. 16.

Whoever wins in October will have to run again in the fall of 2014 when the term is up.

Congressman Rush Holt announced this morning that he will seek the Democratic nomination in this year’s special election.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, both well-financed Democrats, had previously expressed interest in the seat held by Lautenberg, whose term expires at the start of 2015. Neither man has said whether he will run in the special election.

Republican former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is expected to seek the Republican nomination in this special election.

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