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Shame He Didn’t Retire Long Ago

Senator Frank Lautenber, D-NJ, Dead At 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate, died due to complications from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, his office announced. He was 89 years old.

The Democrat had health problems in recent years and had missed several Senate votes in the first months of the year. He had the flu and missed the Senate’s Jan. 1 vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of rising taxes and falling government spending, then missed several votes two months later because of leg pain.

A chest cold kept him from attending a May 29, 2013 tribute in New York honoring him for his contributions to the Jewish community and Israel.

He had been diagnosed in February 2010 with B-cell lymphoma of the stomach and underwent chemotherapy treatments until he was declared in June 2010 to be free of cancer. He worked between the treatments. The diagnosis came just days after the death of West Virginia’s Robert Byrd made Lautenberg the oldest member of the Senate.

Before going to Washington, he was a successful businessman who co-founded the firm Automatic Data Processing [aka ADP, who process paychecks for millions of people].

Lautenberg is survived by his wife, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg; six children and their spouses and 13 grandchildren.

Lautenberg announced in February that he would not seek reelection next year, opening the door for Newark’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker and others to run for the Senate seat.

Lautenberg’s death creates a vacancy that Republican Gov. Chris Christie will fill temporarily.  According to New Jersey election law, Christie will appoint someone to the seat until a special election can be held.

In the Senate, Lautenberg was a longtime advocate of Amtrak and other transportation causes, as well as environmental, health care and veterans’ issues. Lately, he had helped lead efforts in the Senate to craft gun control measures, introducing a bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

I doubt if there was ever even one single issue that I agreed with Lautenberg on. We were about as poles apart as two people could be. I really wish he had retired years ago. 20 years ago.

Frank Lautenberg, RIP.


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