Rand Paul Makes N.J. Senate Race Even More Awkward for Chris Christie

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outlines plans for a special election to be held to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died yesterday, on June 4, 2013 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie did not disclose who would fill the vacant seat until the election scheduled for October 16, 2013.
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Chris Christie's two summertime beefs will collide on September 13 when Senator Rand Paul visits New Jersey to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan. Christie has been invited to participate, and he did managed to appear enthusiastic when endorsing Lonegan, his former rival, over Cory Booker, his Democrat pal. However, we doubt the New Jersey governor would be able to restrain himself in the presence of the guy who called him the "king of bacon" just a few weeks ago. Christie said he was too busy when Paul invited him to grab a beer and smooth things over, and we expect that next week just got unbelievably busy for the governor.