US Senator of New Jersey Frank Lautenberg Dead at Age 89
Lautenberg served New Jersey for 29-Years as US Senator. He was the oldest US Senator and the last World War II Veteran serving in Congress. Earlier this year, Lautenberg announced he would retire at the end of his term, not seeking reelection. This was only after the very eager and undiplomatic Mayor Cory Booker of New Jersey, made the public very aware of his intentions to grab the seat, without giving Lautenberg the FYI. Lautenberg scolded Booker, and I believe a peace offering and possible blessing was given to Booker.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, a liberal Democrat who wrote some of the nation's most sweeping health and safety laws, died early Monday, his office announced.
Lautenberg's office said he died from complications stemming from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. ET at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell.
Lautenberg, who battled stomach cancer and various ailments in recent years, had already announced that he would retire in January 2015 at the end of his fifth term. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will appoint a replacement.
Lautenberg had been battling muscle fatigue and weakness in his legs for more than a month when he made a dramatic return to the U.S. Capitol on April 17 to vote on bills to reduce gun violence, one of his pet issues. He was ushered onto the Senate floor in a wheelchair, and proudly called out "aye" in support of expanded background checks on gun purchases — a measure that ultimately failed.Ladies and Gentleman, I advise you to put this story on your radar and keep an eye out. It's about to get very interesting -- The Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, who happens to be a Republican, gets to appoint someone to the seat :)
Let's see how this all plays out!