Breaking: Lautenberg will not seek re-election


Thank you, Frank Lautenberg. For so much. For meeting a blustering Chris Christie with characteristic gristle when so many other younger but not stronger Democrats were unable to. For leading the fight for common sense policies on some of what threatens us – including high-capacity gun magazines, and the chemical alleyways that line some of our highways. The chattering class pegs Chris Christie as typical of New Jersey – brash, a little rude, powerful. But I think you’re a better emblem for what we really are, and not what reality TV simpletons and misguided columnists make New Jersey out to be. No, I’ll choose you – a tough old bird, decent and still quick, kicker of cancer ass, who’s had the time of his life in Congress – twice. Lucky man. Lucky us. Thank you, Senator.  

Via Star-Ledger:

“I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing 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,” Lautenberg told the Star-Ledger. “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.”

Lautenberg’s statement, just sent to press, includes more on his plan to formalize this announcement: “I will be traveling to my hometown of Paterson tomorrow to announce that I will not seek re-election in 2014.”

His office released this compilation of his story and record.

Star-Ledger compiled this career timeline.

Comments (7)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    A real fighter.  Fine senator.

  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    “Senator Frank Lautenberg has been an extraordinary public servant, representing the people of New Jersey in the United States Senate for five terms.  New Jersey is better for having had Senator Lautenberg represent us in Washington and I thank him for his service.

    I look forward to his work over the next two years, as he continues to lead the fight for responsible, common-sense gun legislation and federal funding for the important transportation infrastructure projects our state needs.”

  3. Rosi Efthim (Post author)
  4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    “Senator Frank Lautenberg has committed his life to serving the state of New Jersey. As a veteran of World War II, a successful businessman and a five-term Senator, Senator Lautenberg has always exemplified what it means to be a public servant. New Jerseyans have been lucky to have such a distinguished elected official represent our state’s interests in Washington and he will be sorely missed.

    “During the next two years, I look forward to working with him to pass laws that will reduce gun violence and create jobs for New Jersey’s middle and working class.”

  5. Carl Bergmanson

    I can honestly say that if not for his help, and that of Congressman Pascrell, the Montclair/West Orange and Glen Ridge Superfund sites would still exist today.

    Thank you, Senator, and may good fortune continue to follow you.

  6. carolh

    I will never forget first meeting him at a convention in Atlantic City. My first thought was – this man ages backwards.  Instead of getting tired from the demands of public office – by the seemingly insurmountable challenges he faces every day dealing with Washington, he seemed to relish it and I was inspired by his fire and his passion.  I was hoping we would have many more years of his service.  It is hard to imagine the Senate after he leaves.  I think Rosi got it exactly right. The elected official from NJ who has the most courage and the ability to eloquently speak up when others would not dare  – is our fine Senator Lautenberg.  Thank you so much for your service.

  7. deciminyan

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released the following statement in reaction to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s announcement to not seek re-election to the United States Senate.  

    “I congratulate Senator Frank Lautenberg on the commencement of his two-year mission to robustly complete his service to the people of New Jersey in the United States Senate. As we are both sons of immigrant parents, I know that Frank Lautenberg has always known what it means to pursue the American dream and to keep that dream alive for his fellow Americans. New Jerseyans have always known Frank for his straight talk and hard work. His legislative accomplishments are many and some – such as prohibiting domestic violence offenders from possessing guns, and stopping federal aid to terrorist nations – have been groundbreaking. I look forward to working with him during the next two years to add to those accomplishments.”


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