Lautenberg family endorses Pallone

The family of deceased U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has thrown their support to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone to succeed the former Senator who died last month.

“Frank Lautenberg followed three fundamental principles as New Jersey’s U.S. Senator: stay true to his progressive values, put New Jersey first, and be a workhorse, not a showhorse,” said the family in a release. “After he announced his retirement, he spoke often about his desire that his replacement in the Senate respect those core principles and continue his work. Deciding which candidate to endorse was not an easy decision.  Most of the candidates in the Democratic field have proven themselves as hardworking, progressive leaders who care deeply about New Jersey.  But only one of them stands out as ready to continue Frank Lautenberg’s progressive leadership in the U.S. Senate.  That candidate is Congressman Frank Pallone.We are saying: Stick with Frank.”

The release from the family takes several not-so-veiled shots at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is challenging for the seat and at this point is the front-runner in the race.  Lautenberg and Booker had several dust-ups toward the end of Lautenberg’s life over Booker’s desire to ascend to the seat.

“Frank Pallone, like our Frank, will put in the hours and hard work necessary to fight for New Jersey in the Senate,” the family said, according to the release. “And Frank Pallone knows that gimmicks and celebrity status won’t get you very far in the real battles that Democrats face in the future. Frank Pallone worked with Frank Lautenberg for many years.  He understands what it takes to take on and defeat Republicans and the special interests that attack the well being of working families.  While it may not always attract glamorous headlines, Frank knows that to be effective you must put New Jersey and your principles first, not your own glory.”

The release does not specify which family members are part of the endorsement.

Lautenberg family endorses Pallone