Democratic New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg will not run for re-election next November, he announced Thursday.
“I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing 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,” the 89-year-old pol said in a statement, according to the Newark-based Star-Ledger. “While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I’m going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Lautenberg’s decision will clear the way for Newark Mayor Cory Booker to pursue the Democratic nomination.
Lautenberg will be retiring after a five-term career.