Lautenberg: I Won’t Run For Re-Election

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will not seek re-election next year, the Star-Ledger reported 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 Star-Ledger. “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 asever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”

According to the Star-Ledger, the 89-year-old senior senator will make a formal announcement on Friday in Paterson, N.J.