WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — He is known for his boundless energy, but the oldest-serving United States senator has decided he will step down.
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, 89, said will not run for re-election in 2014. The Democrat is scheduled to travel to his hometown of Paterson on Friday to formally announce his decision.
“While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term,” Lautenberg said in a statement.
Despite the announcement, Lautenberg vowed to “keep fighting hard as ever” for his constituents, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
“This is not the end of anything, but rather 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 said.