WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) issued the following statement following the announcement of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's retirement at the end of his term:
"My good friend and fellow Patersonian Frank Lautenberg has served our country with great honor and distinction. As a soldier and a U.S. Senator, Frank has fought tirelessly on behalf of hard working Americans across our entire nation. Time after time, when others stayed quiet or turned away from tough issues, Frank was always on the forefront working for all of us.
"Right here at home when I needed a partner to help make the Great Falls National Historical Park a reality I called upon Frank and together we never looked back till we got the job done. Our nation, our state, and our shared hometown, will all miss his tenacity in the United States Senate. While it saddens me to learn of his retirement, I know Frank Lautenberg will never be on the sidelines."