Sen. Frank Lautenberg to retire - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Sen. Frank Lautenberg won't seek reelection

Posted: Updated:
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-New Jersey. (U.S. Senate portrait) Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-New Jersey. (U.S. Senate portrait)

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., will not seek reelection in 2014, according to a statement released by his office on Thursday.

Lautenberg, 89, plans to formally announce his plans at an event in Paterson, his hometown, on Friday.

"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," Lautenberg said in a statement. "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 was first elected in 1982. After retiring once before in 2001, he returned to the U.S. Senate in 2003 after replacing embattled Sen. Bob Torricelli on the ballot.

His retirement clears a path for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, to succeed him. Several weeks ago, Booker said he would pass on running for governor and instead "explore" a run for the Senate, which prompted Lautenberg to make several less-than-flattering statements about the mayor.

In a statement, Booker praised Lautenberg's leadership.

"Senator Frank Lautenberg has been a champion for the people of New Jersey for decades and his legacy of service will improve the lives of all American's for years to come," Booker said. "Since I have been mayor, he has been an invaluable partner in so many of Newark's recent accomplishments and successes. I look forward to continuing to work with him for the remainder of his term in the senate and for many years to come."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has called Lautenberg a "partisan hack" and an "embarrassment," tweeted kinder sentiments on Thursday."

"@FrankLautenberg & I have had our differences through the years...," the governor tweeted. "...but I've always respected him for his tenacity, devotion to NJ & his love & commitment to public service. ... I'll always be grateful for his doggedness in fighting with me & the delegation to ensure congressional passage of #Sandy aid package. ... I wish him the best in his retirement."

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Recipes from 'Indulge'

    Kathy Wakile's indulgent desserts

    Kathy Wakile's indulgent desserts

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:38:21 GMT
    Kathy Wakile from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Bravo) has written a dessert cookbook called "Indulge" (St. Martin's Griffin), which drops Tuesday, September 2. She came to the set to make Strawberry Shortcake Puffs, Chocolate Tiramisu, and Pumpkin Spice Babycakes.
    Kathy Wakile from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Bravo) has written a dessert cookbook called "Indulge" (St. Martin's Griffin), which drops Tuesday, September 2. She came to the set to make Strawberry Shortcake Puffs, Chocolate Tiramisu, and Pumpkin Spice Babycakes.
  • Some Showboat workers get new jobs within company

    Some Showboat workers get new jobs within company

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:54:36 GMT
    More than 470 of the 2,000-plus workers at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino Hotel have found new jobs with other casinos owned by its parent company. The Showboat is shutting down Sunday afternoon after 27 years on the Boardwalk.
    More than 470 of the 2,000-plus workers at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino Hotel have found new jobs with other casinos owned by its parent company. The Showboat is shutting down Sunday afternoon after 27 years on the Boardwalk.
  • NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor

    NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:24:19 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi. Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.
    A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi. Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices