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Frank Lautenberg to Retire From Senate . . . Again

Happy Valentine’s Day, Cory Booker! Frank Lautenberg got you a Senate seat.

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., will not seek re-election, setting up a lively Democratic primary for his seat in 2014.

CQ Roll Call confirmed Lautenberg’s decision, which he explained to The Newark Star-Ledger in a report published Thursday.

“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 told the paper. “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.”

Representative Frank Pallone, who has represented central New Jersey in the U.S. House since 1993, is also being mentioned as a potential candidate.

Or, you know, that other New Jersey senator could resign to create an opening.

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