NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was the oldest serving senator and the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate.
Sen. Lautenberg died Monday at the age of 89. He passed away around 4 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell due to complications from viral pneumonia, his office said.
President Barack Obama called Lautenberg, “a proud New Jerseyan who lived America’s promise as a citizen and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator.”
Speaking in Trenton Monday, Gov. Chris Christie spent six minutes talking about Lautenberg instead of giving a speech to a women’s conference.
He called Lautenberg a “great example for the people of our state” and said the senator had 89 years of “fighting hard.”