Nightly News   |  June 03, 2013

Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

The five-term senator from New Jersey was the last remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> five-term new jersey democratic senator frank lautenberg has died. at 89 years of age, he was the oldest member of the senate. his death marks a generational passing as well. he was the last remaining world war ii veteran in the senate. he left his mark on a lot of legislation. he was a big reason why the national drinking age is 21, why there are certain blood alcohol standards for drunk driving and why smoking on planes was outlawed. he grew up poor, the son of jewish immigrants . he went to columbia on the g.i. bill and helped form and grow the giant payroll company adp. with the money he earned he helped finance his own campaigns. his death means the loss of a scrappy and dependable democratic vote in the senate. republican governor chris christie gets to appoint a temporary ree placement.