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5-Term Senator Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year

Frank Lautenberg will formally announce his decision at a news conference in Paterson Friday.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Lautenberg, the oldest serving senator at 89, served in the Senate from 1982 to 2001. After a brief retirement, he returned for a fourth term in 2002 and was elected to a fifth term in 2008.

His term will expire in 2015.

Lautenberg will host a press conference in Paterson, his hometown, on Friday to formally announce his decision not to run again.

Lautenberg issued the following statement about his decision Thursday afternoon:

“This is not the end of anything, but rather the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals, and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey. While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I'm going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate."  

An Army veteran of World War II, Lautenberg is a graduate of Columbia University. Lautenberg sponsored the Toxic Right-to-Know Legislation. It requires chemical companies to disclose the chemicals that they release into the air, water, and ground in residential neighborhoods.

The decision could pave the way for Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for Lautenberg’s vacated seat, NBCNews.com reported.

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-09) spoke highly of Lautenberg.

“As a soldier and a U.S. Senator, Frank has fought tirelessly on behalf of hard working Americans across our entire nation,” Pascrell said in a statement Thursday. “Time after time, when others stayed quiet or turned away from tough issues, Frank was always on the forefront working for all of us.” 

1819 February 17, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Good riddance. A limousine liberal, who helped spend this country's way into bankruptcy, raising the national debt from 10 trillion to 16 trillion in just 48 Obamadisastrous months. Even Booker would be better. Maybe NJ won't rank 50th on return of our federal dollars. Lautenberg ranks up there as worst US Senator from anywhere ever.
Mike February 17, 2013 at 01:52 PM
You'd think someone who made his fortune in business would put business first. No business, no jobs. No jobs, no demand. No demand, no business. Everyone knows business hires first, then the demand comes later, but not with all the tax and other uncertainty that Lautenberg, Menendez, and Obama have caused. And 1819 is right: the red states get much more bang for their tax buck than idiotic blue states. Even the liberal rags say so: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/states-federal-taxes-spending-charts-maps
Mike February 17, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Nobody listens to Boehner...not even his dog. Term limits for DEMS, for sure!
VietNam Vet February 18, 2013 at 08:30 AM
We don't need either one running because they are both worthless just like the Laus-enberg the idiot. He did nothing all the years he was in office and Geraldo will be just as bad as Booker the do nothing Mayor {who was going to clean up the crime in Newark} just ask the people who live there what he really did.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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