PATERSON - Congressman and former Paterson mayor Bill Pascrell says Sen. Frank Lautenberg was his role model. Pascrell says he was a hard worker, determined to get results.
Lautenberg often spoke of his impoverished childhood in Paterson where his father labored in a silk mill.
"He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth," Pascrell says. "And that meant a lot to him. Because of how he acted the rest of his life. He never turned his back on Paterson."
Lautenberg was passionate about transportation issues, gun control, the environment, and homeland security.
Residents of his home town say Lautenberg fought for what he believed in, and remained in office until his death at 89.
The senator worked to have the Great Falls in Paterson designated a national park.
Lautenberg was the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, and it's last living World War II veteran.