U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today released the following statement honoring the life of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who passed away this morning at the age of 89:
"This is a personal loss as well as a loss for New Jersey and the country. I don't think there will ever again be anybody quite like Frank Lautenberg.
"Frank came from humble beginnings, and he never forgot that. The GI Bill sent him to Columbia University, and he always felt grateful for that and felt a need to pay back.
"Much will be said about his accomplishments: keeping trains and buses safe, promoting public health, safeguarding chemical plants, keeping cigarettes out of planes, and more. But what stands out in my mind is what Frank did to prevent drunk driving. As part of his transportation work, he established limits on blood alcohol levels. Today you could fill several football stadiums with people who are alive only because of Frank Lautenberg -- and not one of them knows who they are.
"Frank was dogged; he was persistent. His colleagues in the Senate would sometimes laugh or smile about that: "Here comes Frank again to try to twist our arms.' They liked him. Frank did his homework; he knew what he was talking about, and he just kept fighting.
"Frank and I worked together on a number of things, so I feel this loss very personally. Frank, we miss you, but your ideas and your legacy live on."