PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The oldest member of the U.S. Senate made one thing clear: He’s not going anywhere yet.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg spoke in his hometown of Paterson on Friday, one day after announcing he would not seek re-election next year.
At the start of his speech, someone in the crowd yelled “We love you Frank!” as others held signs declaring him a legend.
“I am not announcing a retirement,” Lautenberg said. “I am announcing today I will be continuing on my mission to do the right thing wherever I can.”
The 89-year-old said he’ll fight for gun control, against global warming and press to ensure working families are not left behind.
“I want to work with all of you to build a better Paterson, a better New Jersey and a better America for the children who are here today,” he said.
The speech was nostalgic as Lautenberg reminisced about growing up poor in the city.