New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Two-Way Special Election To Replace Sen. Lautenberg Set For Oct. 16 June 4, 2013 Lautenberg, a Democrat, died on Monday. New Jersey's Republican governor says his state's voters should determine who will be the senator's successor. Christie will only name someone to serve in the interim.