New Jersey Senator Lautenberg Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg revealed this afternoon that he’s been diagnosed with stomach cancer and will be undergoing treatment in New York.

“We expect a full and complete recovery for Senator Lautenberg,” his office said in a statement. “The Senator will be treated with chemotherapy administered approximately every three weeks. We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate.”

The 86-year old senator won a primary fight against Congressman Rob Andrews in 2008, meaning he won’t have to campaign again until 2014. However, should Mr. Lautenberg prove unable to serve his full term, it would mark another loss for Senate Democrats, as his successor would be appointed by the new Republican governor, Chris Christie.