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 ..."