Lautenberg, 89, Won't Run for Re-Election in Senate
Democrat's decision paves way for Cory Booker
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 2:32 PM CST
In this May 3, 2012, file photo, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., smiles as he stands on the Rutgers-Camden campus in Camden, N.J.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(Newser) – Liberal stalwart Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he won't run for re-election to his New Jersey seat in 2014, reports the Star-Ledger. The 89-year-old ended the speculation weeks after Newark Mayor Cory Booker made it clear he'd like to run if Lautenberg stepped down. Who knows, maybe this sets up a Booker showdown in the general election with ... Geraldo Rivera.

In the meantime, though, Lautenberg tells the Star-Ledger that he doesn't plan to coast on his way out: “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. While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term ..."

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cornelison
Feb 14, 2013 8:50 PM CST
It's a shame that Republicans believe that gun deaths are the routine cost of doing business with the NRA. Those victims are just collateral. Children die every day, right? The extreme right says that the 2nd Amendment gives them the right to brush off victims of gun crime. Death is the acceptable sacrifice for the 2nd Amendment.
XFACTOR
Feb 14, 2013 8:07 PM CST
Would it be against the law to take all three, put them in sack, drop them about a hundred miles off shore? Sorry, I didn't mean to sound mean, maybe New Jersey will join California and drop out.
cornelison
Feb 14, 2013 7:54 PM CST
Even he sees that Washington can't change from within. All Republicans and even some Democrats are corrupt. Best of luck to you, Sen. Lautenburg.