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New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg Will Not Seek Reelection In 2014, Paving Way For Cory Booker To Replace Him

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg anouced today that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2014, opening up an opportunity for Newark Mayor Cory Booker – who has expressed interest in Lautenberg’s seat – to mount a statewide campaign.

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“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,” Lautenberg said as reported in the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

“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,” he added.

New Jersey’s senior senator has had harsh words for Booker who was likely to mount a primary bid to unseat Lautenberg as the Democratic Party’s Senate nominee.

In January, Lautenberg said that Booker went about declaring interest in his Seante seat in an impertinent and “disrespectful” way. “I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell (you) that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK,” Lautenberg said.

h/t NJ.Com

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