New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

June 3rd, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Frank Lautenberg

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Colleagues and friends are remembering U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg as a dedicated public servant who fought vigorously for the people of New Jersey.

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. He was 89 years old.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says his fellow Democrat leaves behind an amazing legacy of pushing for the rights of the working poor and middle class.

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.