Christie to hold 1:30 news conference as Senate vacancy questions swirl

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will hold a 1:30 p.m. news conference, where he's expected to discuss the state's vacant Senate seat, following the death Monday of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D).

Christie's office announced Tuesday morning that the governor would hold the afternoon news conference. The governor's office did not disclose the details of what he would discuss, but questions have swirled about what will happen to Lautenberg's seat, with murky state election laws suggesting his seat could be filled with an election in 2013, or one in 2014.

Democrats have ramped up pressure on Christie to hold the election in November, to coincide with the regular state elections. Christie himself is on the ballot this fall.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said the election should be held Nov. 5. “It needs to be happen in November,” he said, threatening legal action if Christie doesn't comply.

Tuesday is primary day in the Garden State. Christie was slated to cast his ballot Tuesday morning, according to his official schedule.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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