Legendary Consultant Bill Lynch Dies

David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Legendary political consultant and former Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch passed away this afternoon Columbia Presbyterian hospital from complications from kidney disease, according to a statement from his family. He was 72.

The sudden passing sent shock waves through the city’s political world, with friends and former colleagues expressing shock and disbelief at the news.

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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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Charlie Rangel Reacts to Frank Lautenberg’s Death

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”

“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”

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Chris Christie Remembers Frank Lautenberg as a ‘Fighter’

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

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie described the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg “as a fighter” Monday morning after news of his death.

“I had remarks that I was going to share, … [but] it seems to me to be inappropriate to do that at this point,” said Christie, speaking at the 2013 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.

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