Obama says Lautenberg is a ‘steadfast champion of the people of New Jersey’

President Barack Obama issued a statement calling attention to Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s “extraordinary contributions” to the country and said he looks forward to working with the retiring senator over the next two years.

The president’s statement comes hours after Lautenberg announced he would not seek re-election following the end of his current term.

“Frank is a steadfast champion of the people of New Jersey,” Obama said.

“Throughout his time in the Senate, Frank has fought tirelessly for workers, veterans, members of our military and their families, and immigrants, and he continues to make extraordinary contributions to our nation’s safety, and the health and welfare of our citizens. His service in World War II is a testament to his character and deep commitment to public service,” he said. “I look forward to working with Frank on critical issues before us these next two years, and Michelle and I wish him and Bonnie all the best.”

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie