New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is walking a political tightrope in deciding who should replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at age 89.
Christie has called for a special election for October 16, with an August primary, to fill the seat of the late Democratic senator.
Just as the rush of Election Day 2012 is slowly fading, candidates are eyeing one new Senate seat sure to be left by John Kerry.
The Massachusetts Democrat will have to resign the seat he's held for nearly three decades if his nomination to Secretary of State is approved, as expected, by Congress.