Sen. Lautenberg death means GOP could get NJ seat

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FILE - In a May 3, 2012, file photo Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., speaks about student loans on the Rutgers-Camden campus in Camden, N.J.  Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, died  Monday, June 3, 2013, at age 89. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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FILE - In a May 3, 2012, file photo Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., speaks about student loans on the …

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will get to pick a replacement in the U.S. Senate for the late Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

It's not clear when the state's voters will get a say. Two state laws govern when a special election should be held to fill a vacancy.

The possibilities seem to be regularly scheduled election days in November, June 2014 or November 2014, or some other date chosen by the governor. A court may be asked to decide which law applies and how to interpret it.

Christie could appoint a member of his party to fill the seat, which has been in Democratic hands for three decades.

Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker had previously announced his intention to seek the seat in 2014.

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