It appears that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had some more options than I realized while writing yesterday's post. He could have appointed a Senator to serve out the rest of the recently deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg's term, but instead has called for a special election, which will include a primary on August 13th and a general phase on October 16th. He will still appoint an interim Senator to hold the seat until the special election is held, but has not yet decided on whom. Christie himself is up for re-election in the regular election in November.
Read more at the New York Daily News.