New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies

The 89-year old Democrat died Monday morning of viral pneumonia

Topics: Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey, Democrats, 2014 elections, Chris Christie,

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies(Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, an 89-year old Democrat representing New Jersey, died of viral pneumonia Monday morning, NorthJersey.com is reporting.

Lautenberg was New Jersey’s longest-serving senator of all time, and the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate. He recently announced that he would not seek reelection when his term ended in 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will appoint someone to fill Lautenberg’s seat until then.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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