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Expressing Sorrow of the House at the Death of the Honorable Frank R. Lautenber, A Senator from the State of New Jersey

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SIRES. I want to thank my colleagues for being here today and for expressing the sentiment towards a friend.

I knew Frank Lautenberg for a long time. I was a mayor when I first met him. He never changed. He was a fighter. He was a real product of New Jersey in his coming from Paterson, serving in the service, starting a business. He became one of the best Senators we ever had in New Jersey. He was a man who had a vision, because he was one of the first ones who saw that riding on a plane and having somebody smoking next to you was not healthy. FRANK fought that fight, and President Reagan signed it into law.

So, today, New Jersey is sad. It's sad because one of its own is not going to be with us any more. Right down to the end, FRANK fought. I will remember him fighting Governor Christie. I remember him fighting for the tunnel. So we are all sad in New Jersey today.

To the whole family, we extend our condolences.


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