Final NJ Senate debate produces platitudes, barrage of one-liners, little policy-talk
October 9th, 2013
10:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Final NJ Senate debate produces platitudes, barrage of one-liners, little policy-talk

(CNN) - With only a week left until New Jersey’s Senate special election, the only civil moment of Wednesday's final showdown between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan came at the night's close, with a handshake.

But in between that small gesture of political sportsmanship and the moderator Jim Rosenfield's call to order, New Jersey's senate candidates meted out relentless, and sometimes personal, verbal assaults, criticizing each other on everything from their stances on same-sex marriage to the on-going partial government shutdown.

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Lautenberg's family backs Pallone, says he's not a 'showhorse'
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, passed away in June.
July 8th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Lautenberg's family backs Pallone, says he's not a 'showhorse'

(CNN) – Rep. Frank Pallone received a crucial endorsement Monday in his longshot bid for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey.

The Democratic congressman, who's running in a special Senate election to fill the remainder of the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, got the backing of Lautenberg's family.
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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
Frank Lautenberg through the years
June 5th, 2013
04:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden, Hillary Clinton speak at Lautenberg funeral

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among those who spoke candidly and cracked a few jokes at the funeral of their former friend and colleague Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who passed away this week at the age of 89.

Speaking at the service in Manhattan, Biden reflected on his time serving with the New Jersey Democrat in the Senate and recounted their shared fondness for Amtrak. One time when the then-senator was hustling to catch Amtrak back to Delaware, he ran to the train only to hear a conductor tell him there was no need to rush.
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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • New Jersey
Frank Lautenberg through the years
June 3rd, 2013
05:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Lautenberg leaves tricky political question for Christie

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(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had some "pretty good fights" with Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But Lautenberg's death early Monday puts the Republican governor in a pretty good bind in replacing him.

"It's no mystery that Senator Lautenberg and I didn't always agree," Christie said Monday of the liberal Democrat. "In fact, it probably is more honest to say we very often didn't agree, and we had some pretty good fights between us over time - battles on philosophy and the role of government."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Frank Lautenberg
Obama 'deeply saddened' by loss of Lautenberg
June 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama 'deeply saddened' by loss of Lautenberg

(CNN) – President Barack Obama expressed his condolences following Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death early Monday morning.

The longtime Democratic senator from New Jersey and last surviving World War II veteran in the Senate died of viral pneumonia.

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proud New Jerseyan who lived America's promise as a citizen, and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator.

The son of working-class immigrants, Frank joined the Army during World War II, went to college on the GI Bill, and co-founded one of America's most successful companies. First elected to the Senate in 1982, he improved the lives of countless Americans with his commitment to our nation's health and safety, from improving our public transportation to protecting citizens from gun violence to ensuring that members of our military and their families get the care they deserve. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to Bonnie, the Lautenberg family, and the people of New Jersey, whom Frank served so well.


Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • President Obama
June 3rd, 2013
09:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

(CNN) – Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982 and was the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died Monday of viral pneumonia, his office announced.

Lautenberg, 89, missed key Senate votes late last year during a weeks-long absence due to a cold that turned into what he called a "severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest."

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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
Lautenberg jokes about retirement: 'Is it too late to change my mind?'
February 15th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Lautenberg jokes about retirement: 'Is it too late to change my mind?'

(CNN) – A spirited Sen. Frank Lautenberg formally announced Friday he would not seek re-election in 2014, a decision his office made public the day prior.

As he stepped into the event in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, the longtime senator was greeted by thunderous applause from supporters, campaign staff and friends.

"Is it too late to change my mind?" Lautenberg joked as he approached the podium to speak.
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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
Lautenberg won't seek re-election in 2014
February 14th, 2013
04:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Lautenberg won't seek re-election in 2014

(CNN) - Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who has served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982, will not seek re-election next year when his term expires, the senator said in a statement Thursday.

Lautenberg is 89 years old and returned to the Senate in mid-January after missing key votes over a weeks-long absence due to a cold which "turned into the flu, turned into a severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest," he said last month.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey
Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault
January 31st, 2013
03:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault

(CNN) – As if the upcoming Senate race in New Jersey couldn't get more interesting, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Thursday he is "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election.

"I mention this only briefly...fasten your seatbelt," he said on his radio program. "I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey."
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Fox News • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
Poll: Booker still preferred over Lautenberg in NJ
January 23rd, 2013
10:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Booker still preferred over Lautenberg in NJ

(CNN) - Sen. Frank Lautenberg didn't get the best birthday gift on Wednesday, as new poll numbers indicate that even though a majority of New Jersey voters approve of the job he's doing in Congress, they don't think he deserves re-election next year.

Meanwhile, fellow Democrat and Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead the now 89-year-old senator in a hypothetical 2014 Senate Democratic primary match-up.
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Filed under: 2014 • Cory Booker • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Polls • Senate
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