Frank Lautenberg’s Potential Successors

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

While conflicting, state statutes give Gov. Chris Christie potent arguments to make to schedule the statewide election for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) seat on a date other than this year’s November gubernatorial election.

Tasked to succeed Senator Lautenberg, the governor’s choice can remain in the seat until a special election of the governor’s choosing, potentially as late as November of 2014, according to one reading of state law.

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New York’s Senators Recall Frank Lautenberg’s Legacy

Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Although New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning, his memory lives on, according to two of his former colleagues from across the Hudson River.

“Frank Lautenberg was the very best of the greatest generation. He grew up poor, served his nation bravely during World War II, led a company that created tens of thousands of jobs, and spent the second half of his life giving back via public service,” New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, gushed in a statement. “And, boy, did he give back a lot.”

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The Political Context of Frank Lautenberg’s Passing

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

The political world is mourning the loss today of a New Jersey icon, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died at the age of 89.

The fact that it is an election year has the same people eager to know what will happen to the seat that Senator Lautenberg held.

There are competing statues.

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Obama Says Thatcher Was ‘One of the Great Champions of Freedom’

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(Photo: Getty)

President Barack Obama joined other the United States officials lamenting the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher this morning. In particular, Mr. Obama touted both Ms. Thatcher’s humble upbringing and her status as one of the world’s “great champions of freedom and liberty.”

“With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. Continue reading “Obama Says Thatcher Was ‘One of the Great Champions of Freedom’”

Joe Lhota Touts Margaret Thatcher’s Opposition to ‘Government Collectivism’

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(Photo: Wikimedia)

Politicos on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are mourning former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who suffered a stroke and passed away earlier today. Indeed, at least two mayoral candidates have commented on the conservative icon’s passing so far, including GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota.

“Margaret Thatcher was a 20th century visionary who understood the power of individual freedom versus the tyranny of government collectivism,” Mr. Lhota, who has described himself as a libertarian in the past, said in a statement.

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Gregory Meeks to Represent U.S. at Hugo Chávez’s Funeral

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(Photo: Getty)

The funeral for former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will be held tomorrow and a New Yorker will be representing the United States at the event–Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks.

“I am honored to be a part of a delegation that will represent the United States at the Funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday, March 8,” Mr. Meeks, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “My deepest sympathies go out to the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela. Venezuela is an important nation to the Western Hemisphere. I remain committed to building the relationship between our nations. As always, I stand in continued support of the Venezuelan people especially at this time of mourning.”

This won’t be Mr. Meeks’ first trip to Venezuela and one of his past visits to the country was rather controversial.  Continue reading “Gregory Meeks to Represent U.S. at Hugo Chávez’s Funeral”