Either someone is making up stories or someone seriously jumped the gun on a retirement announcement. Here's the story;
Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg has decided not to run for re-election, [WNBC-TV] has learned. Sources familiar with Lautenberg's thinking tell... that the senator, who turns 89 this month, won't run again in 2014. The news comes the same week that Newark Mayor Cory Booker has filed papers allowing him to raise money for a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey.
A spokesman for Sen. Frank Lautenberg denied a report Friday night that the senator has decided not to seek re-election. "Sen. Lautenberg has not yet made a decision on his re-election," Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray wrote in an e-mail.
So which is it? We probably will have some idea whether a retirement is imminent by Monday. Either someone seriously jumped the gun by releasing a retirement announcement planned to get press next week (or maybe even later than that) late on a Friday night, or someone is passing along rumors and giving them more of an aura of truth than they deserve. In any case, I think some Lautenberg staffer is getting the full Christie-at-a-Town-Hall treatment right now. Regardless of the ultimate timing and content of the announcement, this was not the time they wanted anything to leak.
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