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Industry, political figures recall Lautenberg's successes for N.J.

Editor's note: The following is a collection of public statements made by leaders in business and government following the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. According to a statement from his office, Lautenberg died June 3 at 89 of complications from viral pneumonia.

Senator Lautenberg should be remembered for his tireless advocacy of New Jersey and his work to make our state a better place to live and to work. … He was also a chief proponent of strengthening Amtrak, which helped position New Jersey as an economic force and helped make us one of the wealthiest states in the nation.

His business acumen also served New Jersey well. He was a founder, chairman and CEO of Automatic Data Processing, the nation's first payroll services company, which today generates more than $10 billion in revenue and serves approximately 600,000 clients.

Thomas Bracken
President and CEO
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

Senator Lautenberg fought for the things he believed in — and sometimes, he just fought because he liked to. He always reminded me that he was a kid from Paterson whose father died at a very young age, who served in the military and served his country, and then built a business which he was extraordinarily proud of — just as proud of his time at ADP as he was of his many years, nearly 30 years, in the United States Senate.

Chris Christie Governor
state of New Jersey

Senator Lautenberg was a successful businessman who never forgot what it was like to grow up poor in Paterson. He was a proud World War II veteran who was dedicated to helping our returning heroes as the GI Bill had helped him. He was a self-made success who believed in the importance of giving back through public service. His leadership on anti-smoking efforts and transportation safety unquestionably saved lives. As a New Jerseyan, I will miss his leadership, his passion and his vigorous advocacy for our state's interests.

Seth D. Harris
Acting Secretary of Labor
Washington, D.C.

His impact was felt on some of the most important issues facing New Jersey ... like gun violence prevention, improving our nation's transit systems and transportation infrastructure, making Americans healthier through anti-smoking initiatives, and rebuilding our state after the devastation of superstorm Sandy will be recognized for generations.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.
D-Long Branch

Frank Lautenberg was a true friend, steadfast supporter and tireless advocate for the working men and women of our state. Senator Lautenberg understood the struggles facing working families and fought tirelessly to uplift the middle class. … Whether it was supporting workers' rights to organize, implementing family and medical leave, increasing the federal minimum wage, protecting workers from discrimination, or fighting for equal pay for equal work, he was a consistent champion for all working families.

Charles Wowkanech
AFL-CIO Trenton

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