Monday, June 03, 2013 1:06:00 PM
NEW YORK – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg died this morning at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. At 89, he was the oldest member of the U.S. Senate.
First elected in 1982, he initially retired in 2001. In 2002, he was a last minute substitute for embattled Democratic incumbent Bob Torricelli and went on be elected in November, and again in 2008. Earlier this year he announced he would not run for reelection when his term ended next year.
The Senate vacancy left by Lautenberg’s death will be filled by Gov. Christie. It appears that there are two conflicting statutes concerning when the next election for the seat will be heard; a special election this November or at the regular general election in 2014.