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ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDER BRENDAN W.

GILL
HALL OF RECORDS 465 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., BLVD. ROOM 552 NEWARK, NJ 07102
Email: BGILL@FREEHOLDERS.ESSEXCOUNTYNJ.ORG

For Immediate Release Monday, June 3, 2013 Contact -- Office of Freeholder Brendan Gill: (973) 621-6457 Babatunde Odubekun: (862) 902-3946

STATEMENT FROM ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDER BRENDAN GILL ON THE PASSING OF U.S. SENATOR FRANK R. LAUTENBERG
I am deeply saddened by the passing of our senior United States Senator, Frank Lautenberg, whose years of dedicated service have left us all as New Jerseyans and as Americans better off. Since 2007 I have enjoyed the honor of working for Sen. Lautenberg: first managing his reelection campaign, then as a senior adviser, and most recently as state director for his senate offices in Newark and Camden. The opportunity Ive had over the past six years has been one of the highlights of my career, as I am sure it is for all of us who have had the privilege of working for Senator Lautenberg. As the last World War II veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Lautenberg understood the unique and powerful role that government can and does play in affecting peoples lives for the better. During his years in Washington, Sen. Lautenberg directed some of the greatest public policy achievements in history, including: Creating the domestic violence gun ban that has denied guns to domestic abusers more than 200,000 times; Writing the law to ban smoking on airplanes; Signing as a principal co-sponsor of the post-9/11 GI Bill; Raising the legal drinking age across the country to 21 years old and establishing a .08 blood alcohol level as the minimum threshold for drunk driving; and Sponsoring legislation that opened the doors of America to oppressed groups of people from around the world.

Senator Lautenbergs life embodies the spirit of the American dream. Born to Polish and Russian immigrants, Frank Lautenberg worked at night and during weekends to support his family after they lost his father to cancer at a young age. After graduating Nutley High School, Frank Lautenberg served in the Army during World War II, and then attended Columbia Business School thanks to the GI Bill, where he graduated with a degree in economics. Not long had passed before Frank Lautenberg joined a few friends and started a small business which today is worth billions of dollars. Senator Lautenbergs unique brand of persistent leadership carried through in his bold efforts in Congress for over two decades. Senator Lautenberg has left us a strong legacy to live up to, and helped improve the quality of life of millions of Americans in education, healthcare, taking care of our veterans, and strengthening our

transit infrastructure. Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Senator Lautenberg was able to keep America growing because he was a part of the Greatest Generation to build it. While today is certainly a somber one, Senator Lautenberg lived a life that gives us all reason to be proud. Essex County mourns the loss of one of our own, and New Jersey has lost one of the strongest advocates we have ever known in Washington, D.C. As I extend my deepest condolences to Senator Lautenbergs entire family, I would also like to thank them for sharing with us the unshakable presence of a man who cared so deeply about the people he proudly represented during his many years of public service for all Americans. ###

Brendan Gill represents the municipalities of Bloomfield, Belleville, Glen Ridge, Nutley, and Montclair on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He also serves as State Director for U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Chairman of the Montclair Democratic Party. For more information, visit BrendanWGill.com or essex-countynj.org/freeholders