Senator Lautenberg Passes On at 89

Frank Lautenberg
Credit: New Jersey Today

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has succumbed to viral pneumonia, according to The Hill.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning after serving in Congress for more than 30 years.

According to his office, Lautenberg died of viral pneumonia. He was the oldest member of the Senate and had recently missed several weeks of votes because of illness.

Our condolences and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Per New Jersey state law, Governor Chris Christie (R) will appoint his replacement until a special election can be held. It’s likely he’ll appoint a Republican but, given Garden State politics (Obama won the state 58-40 in 2012), it’s unclear whether or not the appointed Republican can hold the seat in the special election. However, given that Christie gets to pick when the special election is held, he might add to his appointee’s chances by scheduling it on the same day as the gubernatorial and state legislature elections coming up this November.

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