Chiesa sworn in as New Jersey’s new senator

Jeffrey Chiesa, the interim-senator from New Jersey stands with Vice President Joe Biden for a ceremonial swearing-in photo in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2013, joined by his wife Jenny Chiesa, their daughter Hannah and son Al. The official oath of office was performed earlier on the Senate floor. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie designated Chiesa, the state's attorney general and a fellow Republican, to fill the seat left by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Chiesa will serve for only a few months, until a new senator can be chosen by New Jersey voters in a special election in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Chiesa (kee-AY’-sah) of New Jersey is the Senate’s newest member, but he’ll only be around for four months.

The 47-year-old Republican is taking his seat Monday after a swearing-in ceremony led by Vice President Joe Biden. GOP Gov. Chris Christie appointed his state attorney general to the seat last week after longtime Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s death.

Chiesa is a longtime Christie colleague who will be interim senator until after an Oct. 16 special election. He won’t run in the special election to complete the term, which expires in January 2015.

Chiesa is the first Republican senator from New Jersey since another fill-in back in 1982.

With Chiesa’s arrival, the Senate has 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two independents who often vote with the Democrats.

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