(AP) NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he will retire
By ANDREW TAYLOR
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg (LOW’-tuhn-burg) says he will not seek re-election.
The 89-year-old lawmaker is the last remaining veteran of World War II in the Senate and has been elected easily five times but was facing a likely challenge from charismatic Newark Mayor Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Lautenberg is a staunch advocate of gun control and public infrastructure and is a champion of the Amtrak railroad.
Lautenberg first won election to the Senate in 1982.