NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg died this morning at 89.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has died at 89

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has died at 89 (6/3/13)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, has died at age 89.

His office says the nation's oldest senator and the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate died of complications from viral pneumonia at a hospital in New York City Monday. 

Click here to read reaction statements on Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death

Lautenberg had health problems in recent years. A bout with the flu caused him to miss the Senate's Jan. 1, 2013 vote to avoid the fiscal cliff of rising taxes and falling government spending.

He had been diagnosed in February 2010 with lymphoma of the stomach and underwent chemotherapy for the next few months.

Lautenberg grew up poor in Paterson, where his father worked in a silk factory and died at 43. He used the G.I. Bill to attend Columbia University and went on to found the multimillion-dollar company Automatic Data Processing

For reactions to Sen. Lautenberg's passing, click the videos to the left or click on News 12 Extra on Channel 612.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Prominent cancer doctor at Mountainside Hospital fatally struck 1 Prominent cancer doctor struck, killed in Essex Fells
2 New Jersey Sportscast, March 22
Students and their parents trekked along icy patches 3 The Buzz: Schools reopen after storm
Arthur Morgan III, of Eatontown, is accused of 4 Lawyer: Dad doesn't deny tossing toddler in creek
5 Word on the Street: 'As Young As You Feel Day'

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Colleagues and friends are remembering U.S. Sen. Frank Statements on passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

The following is a collection of statements released following the passing of New Jersey Sen.

NJ Sen. Lautenberg will not run for re-election. Sen. Lautenberg not running for re-election

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, will not seek re-election next year. He is expected to make

NJ Sen. Lautenberg will not run for re-election. Sen. Lautenberg formally announces retirement

The oldest member of the U.S. Senate, Democrat Frank Lautenberg, has formally announced he'll retire

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.