STATE – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily won re-election for a record fifth term last week. The Democrat won 55 percent of the vote to Republican Dick Zimmer’s 43 percent.
“Tonight is not simply a victory for me, it’s a victory for America and the people of New Jersey,” Lautenberg told a cheering crowd at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Election Night.
“George Bush, your lease on the White House is over,” the 84-year-old Senator said as he was surrounded on the stage by his wife, children and ten of his grandchildren. “Tonight I want to say to my grandchildren: Kids, remember this night. And know that papa loves you and will work as hard as he can for you and every grandchild in this country.”
Zimmer never managed to capture the public’s attention or achieve name recognition on par with Lautenberg. “I knew I was an underdog. Everything had to break right for me,” Zimmer said.
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