U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) released the following statement following President Obama's State of the Union Address:
"The President showed tremendous leadership and a progressive vision for our nation. He made clear that a strong middle class will be the driver of our economy, and I am ready to get to work leveling the playing field so our middle class can thrive again.
"As the President highlighted tonight, we can strengthen our nation by making important federal investments in education, infrastructure, and manufacturing. The investment choices that we make today will create jobs and enable America to maintain its leadership around the globe. In New Jersey, investments in our rails, tunnels, roadways, and bridges will grow the state's economy and strengthen transportation access for the region.
"President Obama's call to pass gun safety legislation, including my effort to keep super-sized ammunition magazines out of our neighborhoods, was an especially important, timely message. Gun violence survivors seated in the House Chamber, including my State of the Union guest Matt Gross, brought a human face to the scourge of gun violence, and we must act now to stop the bloodshed. With the President's strong commitment and the American people's clear support behind us, I am confident that we can pass common-sense reforms that reduce gun violence and protect our families."