Sixteen of New Jersey’s eighteen living former Congressmen are younger than Frank Lautenberg

New Jersey has eighteen living former Congressmen — that number should go to twenty next year with the retirements of

New Jersey has eighteen living former Congressmen — that number should go to twenty next year with the retirements of Jim Saxton and Michael Ferguson:

*Peter Frelinghuysen, the 91-year-old father of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who won an open seat in 1952 and served until his retirement in 1973. He lives in Morristown. He is New Jersey's oldest living former Congressman.

*Cornelius Gallagher, 84, who served as a Hudson County Freeholder from 1953 to 1956 and as a Congressman from 1959 until his defeat in the 1972 Democratic primary. He lives in Hunterdon County.

*Robert Roe, 83, who served as Mayor of Wayne, Passaic County Freeholder and state Commissioner of Convervation and Economic Development before winning a House seat in a 1969 Special Election. He served until his retirement in 1992 and now runs a lobbying firm that specializes in transportation issues.

*Frank Guarini, 83, was a Democratic State Senator from Hudson County from 1966 to 1972, ran against U.S. Senator Harrison Williams in the 1970 Democratic primary, and won a House seat in 1978 when Joseph LeFante declined to seek a second term. Guarini retired in 1992 and lives in Jersey City.

*Marge Roukema, 76, a former Ridgewood Board of Education President, defeated Andy Maguire on her second try in 1980. She retired from Congress in 2002.

*Herbert Klein, 77, was an Assemblyman from 1972 to 1976 and won Bob Roe's seat in Congress in 1992. He lost re-election in 1994, and now practices law in Hackensack.

*Matthew Rinaldo, 76, a Union County Freeholder and State Senator before winning an open congressional seat in 1992. He retired in 1992 and now lives in Florida.

*William Hughes, 75, served as an Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor before upsetting a Republican incumbent in the 1974 congressional race. He retired in 1994, served as U.S. Ambassador to Panama, and now practices law.

*Harold Hollenbeck, 69, was an East Rutherford Councilman, Assemblyman and State Senator before he defeated a Democratic Congressman in 1976. He lost re-election in 1982 to Robert Torricelli, and since 1987 he has served as a Superior Court Judge in Bergen County. He lives in Ridgewood.

*James Florio, 70, was an Assemblyman when he defeated an incumbent GOP Congressman in 1974. He left Congress after his election as Governor in 1989. He lost re-election in 1993 and was defeated in his bid for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in 2000. Florio practices law, runs a business and teaches at Rutgers.

*Andrew Maguire, 68, defeated a veteran Republican Congressman in 1974 and lost his seat in 1980 to Marge Roukema. He ran for U.S. Senate in 1982, finishing second in the Democratic primary behind Frank Lautenberg. He ran several trade groups and a think tank before retiring in 2002, and now lives in Hunterdon County.

*James Courter, 66, was an Assistant Warren County Prosecutor before defeating a Democratic Congresswoman in 1978. He lost a 1989 race for Governor to Jim Florio and did not seek re-election to the House in 1990. He served as Chairman of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission and now runs a law firm and a Newark-based communications company.

*Richard Zimmer, 63, served in both houses of the Legislature before winning Jim Courter's House seat in 1990. He lost a 1996 U.S. Senate race to Bob Torricelli and a 2000 House race to Rush Holt. He now practiced law in Washington.

*William Martini, 60, served as a Clifton Councilman and Passaic County Freeholder before he defeated Herb Klein for Congress in 1994. He lost re-election to Bill Pascrell in 1996; he has served as a U.S. Federal Court Judge since 2002.

*Robert Torricelli, 56, unseated Cap Hollenbeck in 1982 after working for Governor Brendan Byrne and Vice President Walter Mondale. He won a U.S. Senate seat in 1996 and dropped his re-election bid five weeks before Election Day in 2002. He now operates a consulting firm and lives in Hunterdon County.

*Robert Franks, 56, spent fourteen years in the State Assembly and two years as Republican State Chairman before winning an open House seat in 1992. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2000 and Governor in 2001 and now serves as President of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey.

*Robert Menendez, 53, won election to Congress in 1992 after serving as an Assemblyman, State Senator and Mayor of Union City. He was appointed to the United States Senate in January 2006.

*Michael Pappas, 46, won Dick Zimmer's open House seat in 1996 after serving as the Mayor of Franklin Township and as a Somerset County Freeholder. He was defeated for re-election in 1998 by Rush Holt and lost a chance for a rematch in 2000 after losing the Republican primary to Zimmer. Pappas now lives in Maryland and serves as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Sixteen of New Jersey’s eighteen living former Congressmen are younger than Frank Lautenberg