Frank Lautenberg, the millionaire businessman turned U.S. senator who wrote laws that raised the legal drinking age to 21 and banned smoking on domestic airplane flights, has died. The five-term Democrat from New Jersey was 89.
Bernard Madoff added the son of a “key” executive to his payroll even though he didn’t work there, a jury was told in the trial of five ex-employees accused of aiding the con man’s $17 billion Ponzi scheme.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican seeking a second term in November, called for a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by yesterday’s death of Frank Lautenberg.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie paced the Princetonian Diner on U.S. Route 1 in mid-October, imploring patrons to pick his Republican ally and friend Joe Kyrillos over incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.
Steve Lonegan, who’s running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, said fellow Republicans had “guts” to shut down the federal government. He’d be happy, he says, if his epitaph proclaims him “the guy who dismantled the IRS.”