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The oldest member of the US senate has -- the passing of 89 year old New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg sparks and sparks an interest in political dynamic.
As wells a look back at a life of achievement here's correspondent that would kill.
Capitol flags at half staff in a bouquet of flowers placed at his senate desk signaled the last of the -- World War II vets had died.
The nation's going to miss his strength and it's progressive.
Born into a poor family.
Senator Frank Lautenberg lived the American dream honorably discharged from the army in 1946.
He got a degree in accounting from Columbia University.
Which -- par related to business success joining to France to form the first payroll services company automatic data processing.
Today -- employs 57000.
His voting record was a testament to unabashed liberalism a scoring a 100% approval rating from Planned Parenthood the Human Rights Campaign the NAACP.
The national Hispanic leadership agenda the National Education Association.
And the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence would only months left before it's announced retirement the 89 year old found new energy to push for gun control.
The murder of young children.
They were doing nothing but the innocent things -- going to school so.
My mission here -- to pass new gun safety laws he scored 0% from the American Conservative Union.
-- won praise from some Republican colleagues today.
And we it's a pretty good fights between us over time.
Battles on philosophy and the role government.
But never with senator -- to be underestimated.
As an advocate for the causes that he believed -- and has an adversary in the political world.
They will now -- -- two Republican Governor Christie to call for a special election or appoint a successor.
A choice that brings intrigue after critics charge Christie gave a lukewarm keynote address at the Republican Convention.
And effusive praise for the president after hurricane -- Adding to the intrigue the rising stature of -- democratic mayor Cory Booker.
Who some say violated unwritten protocol by announcing his intention to run for Lautenberg seat last winter before Lautenberg announced his own intentions.
If Christie does appoint a Republican -- -- the Democrats' Senate majority to 52 with 46 Republicans and two independents who vote with Democrats.
A -- in that could further jeopardize the president's agenda already threatened by scandal and congressional paralysis.
-- Doug thank you.
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