N.J. senator dies at 89

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), the last World War II veteran in the Senate, died Monday morning at age 89 due to complications from viral pneumonia, his office announced.

Lautenberg was first elected to the Senate in 1982, retired in 2000 and then returned to the chamber in January 2003. He was known for championing gun control and anti-drunk-driving legislation and leading a successful effort to ban smoking on planes, among other causes.

In February, he had announced plans to retire when his term expired in January 2015.


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His death opens the way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, to appoint a replacement.

If Christie appoints a Republican, the balance of power in the Senate would shift to 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two independents who currently caucus with the Democrats.

Democrats were favored to win the 2014 election to replace Lautenberg. Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, is the leading Democratic contender.

But Lautenberg’s death would allow Christie to appoint a Republican who would have the potential advantage of running as the incumbent next year.

Lautenberg, who was the oldest member of the Senate, died at 4:02 a.m. at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, his office announced.

From LA Times

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  • Inkblot

    Will Christie have the guts to choose a Democrat as te voters clearly did in electing Lautenberg? Or will he succumb to the electoral politics of the GOP base and feel forced to appoint a Repub? Hard to tell. He's embraced Obama, eliciting the anger of many of thrpe Right Wing, but if he's going to make a 2016 run for the White House (he's most likely going to win the 2014 run for gubernatorial reëlection either way) he will be calculating whether more votes will come from Democrats pleased with a Democratic appointment to the Senate or from Republicans for toeing party unity. Tough choice.