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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question during his news conference Tuesday in Trenton, N.J.
June 4, 2013 Gov. Chris Christie needed a plausible explanation for choosing a politically advantageous, if more costly, special election date to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Maybe he found it.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., in October 2012.
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June 3, 2013 The Democrat from New Jersey was the Senate's last World War II veteran. He had said earlier this year that he would not be seeking a sixth term.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2014.
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February 14, 2013 The potential Democratic Party contest between 89-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg and 43-year-old Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had been shaping up to be a generational battle royale. Alas, it won't happen now that Lautenberg has announced that he won't run for re-election in 2014.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker greets a 13-year-old at a relief center for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, in November.
December 20, 2012 The mayor of Newark, N.J., ended whatever suspense existed by saying he will "explore" a run for the U.S. Senate, not governor. He thereby averts a clash with the very popular Gov. Chris Christie.
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