WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today on the passing of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg:

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator Lautenberg’s passing.  I have known Senator Lautenberg for decades and I have been honored to call him a colleague and friend.  My heart and thoughts go out to his wife Bonnie, his children and grandchildren.

“Frank Lautenberg was a moral guidepost on so many critical issues.  As a leader in the U.S. Senate, his impact was felt on some of the most important issues facing New Jersey and our nation.  His work on issues like gun violence prevention, improving our nation’s transit systems and transportation infrastructure, making Americans healthier through anti-smoking initiatives, and rebuilding our state after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy will be recognized for generations.  Senator Lautenberg’s dedication to public service was evident in everything he did from his military service, to his philanthropic work, to his time in the U.S. Senate.  Frank Lautenberg’s life defined public service and what it means to live the American dream.

“Senator Lautenberg has been at the forefront of some of the most important movements to protect our environment, an issue critical to New Jersey and the nation.  I witnessed his commitment to environmental stewardship firsthand when we worked together on legislation to address inequities in the Superfund system so we can better clean up toxic sites throughout the state.  Senator Lautenberg and I also worked together to champion the issue of keeping our waterways clean and safe when we introduced the BEACH Act.

“Like all New Jerseyans, I am grateful for Senator Lautenberg’s service to our state and our nation.  I will miss him deeply and I will do my best to continue working on the issues that were so important to both of us.”