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NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he will retire

Published On: Feb 14 2013 03:54:29 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 04:09:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON -

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has announced he will not seek re-election.

The 89-year-old lawmaker is the last remaining veteran of World War II in the Senate and has been elected easily five times but was facing a likely challenge from charismatic Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Lautenberg is a staunch advocate of gun control and public infrastructure and is a champion of the Amtrak railroad.

Lautenberg first won election to the Senate in 1982.