Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fellow Senators honor Lautenberg

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are set to eulogize Sen. Frank Lautenberg at the Park Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side this morning.

Fellow Senators honor Lautenberg

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are set to eulogize Sen. Frank Lautenberg at the Park Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan's Upper East Side this morning.

Other speakers include Lautenberg's four children, his 13 grandchildren and his wife, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, who attends the synagogue.

A long list of senators are listed as honorary pallbearers.

They are: Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Benjamin Cardin, Dick Durbin, Diane Feinstein, Al Franken, Kristen Gillibrand, Tom Harkin, Pat Leahy, Carl Levin, Menendez, Mikulski, Patty Murray, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and two Repubilcans: Richard Shelby and Marco Rubio.

Former New Jersey Senator and Governor Jon Corzine is also an honorary pallbearer.

Inside the funeral program is a Lautenberg quote that is inscribed above the Newark, N.J. court house and post office named for him:

"The true measure of a democracy is its dispensation of justice."

After the ceremony in New York Lautenberg will be taken to the Secaucus, N.J. rail hub  named for him, where his casket will be moved onto an Amtrak train.

Lautenberg was a staunch advocate for public transit.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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