Jeffrey Chiesa. Jeffrey Chiesa.


N.J. Gov. Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa will fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's seat until the special election the governor called for in October.


"This is an incredible honor for my family and I," Chiesa said in a news conference this afternoon. "The governor has given me extraordinary chances to serve in public life—none of them I expected—this probably least of all."


Christie said he visited Chiesa's home to talk with him and his wife Monday night.


The governor said Chiesa will not seek office during the October special election.


"He's decided not to seek the office and I'm perfectly comfortable with that decision," Christie said.

Chiesa was Christie's chief counsel after he was elected in 2009. In December of 2011, Chiesa was nominated by Christie to succeed Paula Dow as attorney general.

"I look forward to doing my best in this job over the next few months," Chiesa said.