Al Leiter, U.S. Senator (R-NJ): Really? No, but Mets fan Chris Christie could make it happen

Tuesday June 4th, 2013

Al Leiter Al Leiter won 162 games in a 19-year career spent largely with the Mets and Yankees. (AP)

In the wake of the Monday passing of Democratic New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey governor Chris Christie will have to appoint someone to fill Lautenberg's vacated senate seat until a special election can be held to fill the seat, an election which might not happen until next year.

Tuesday, Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Matt Katz floated a list of 21 potential Christie appointees, both Republicans and Democrats. Second to last on his list was this:

Al Leiter: The former Mets and Yankees pitcher is a Republican and Toms River native who has talked about running as a Republican in the past.
Katz said on Twitter that some of the names he listed were "highly speculative" and surely Leiter falls into that category. If he were somehow to get the nod, he wouldn't be the first former major league pitcher in the Senate, and Christie is on record as being a "bitter and angry Mets fan." Of course, Christie is also likely trying to position himself for a 2016 presidential run, so the chances of him making what would be perceived as an unserious choice like Leiter would seem to rank right alongside the chances of the Mets winning the World Series this October.

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