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New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Says He Won’t Seek Re-election

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) – U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, of New Jersey is expected to announce that he will not seek reelection.

On Thursday, the Senator released a statement that reads:

“I will be traveling to my hometown of Paterson tomorrow to announce that I will not seek re-election in 2014. This is not the end of anything, but rather 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 and I’m going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”

Lautenberg is the oldest current U.S. Senator and the only serving World War II veteran.

Gov. Christie released a statement on Thursday about the senator’s decision:

“Frank Lautenberg and I have had our differences through the years, but I’ve always respected him for his tenacity, devotion to the people of New Jersey and his love for and commitment to public service. I will always be grateful for his doggedness in fighting with me and the delegation to ensure congressional passage of an aid package after Hurricane Sandy that is delivering necessary assistance to our residents. I wish him the best in his retirement.”

Senator Lautenberg is expected to make the official announcement from Paterson on Friday.

President Obama released the following statement on Senator Lautenberg:

Frank is a steadfast champion of the people of New Jersey. Throughout his time in the Senate, Frank has fought tirelessly for workers, veterans, members of our military and their families, and immigrants, and he continues to make extraordinary contributions to our nation’s safety, and the health and welfare of our citizens. His service in World War II is a testament to his character and deep commitment to public service. I look forward to working with Frank on critical issues before us these next two years, and Michelle and I wish him and Bonnie all the best.

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