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New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, says he will retire

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 3:57 pm

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg says 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.