Cory Booker: Lautenberg ‘Was A Model Of Leadership And Service To Me’

Newark Mayor Cory Booker praised the service of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) on Monday, who died earlier in the day due to complications from viral pneumonia.

“Today, the American people lost a true champion,” Booker said in a statement. “For three decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg worked to make America a stronger, healthier and safer place to live. His legacy will endure for generations.”

The two men shared a contentious relationship in recent months after the rising Democratic star made moves toward a candidacy for Lautenberg’s seat in 2014 before the veteran Garden State senator announced whether he would seek re-election. In his statement, Booker hailed Lautenberg as someone he looked up to prior to entering public service.

“Senator Lautenberg was a model of leadership and service to me since before I even considered entering elected office,” he said. “He was a passionate advocate for New Jersey and a crucial and tireless partner who always delivered for the people of Newark. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lautenberg family.”

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