Gov. Christie begins his speech 5:25 seconds after the start of the video.
Although New Jersey statute allows Gov. Chris Christie to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term with a primary and general election to take place in 2014, Christie announced that a primary and general special election will be held this year.
I know Sen. Lautenberg would not want the people of New Jersey to go without a voice in the U.S. Senate. So today, we’re going to begin the process of sending a representative to the U.S. Senate,” said Christie. “This is about guaranteeing to the people of New Jersey a choice and a voice in the process and representation.”