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Lautenberg Honored in Mass Transit-Inspired Send-Off at Secaucus Junction

Sen. Frank Lautenberg's body was placed aboard a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train Wednesday at the Secaucus Junction rail station that was named in his honor.

In a fitting tribute Wednesday to the man long known as one of Washington's foremost mass transit advocates, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's body was taken by Amtrak train from the rail station that bears his name to the nation's capital, where it will lie in repose in the U.S. Senate Chamber through Thursday.

Lautenberg's family and staff accompanied the senator for his final Amtrak ride, which was preceded by a brief ceremony and color guard salute at the Secaucus Junction station's main concourse, attended by some 100 mourners, including Gov. Chris Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and former Gov. Richard Codey. 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, the congregation where the senator belonged, eulogized Lautenberg at the Secaucus ceremony, calling him a "great American" and a "great son of New Jersey."

"We stand here in this rail station dedicated to him. We take a moment to give thanks for an incredible life," Cohen said. "We honor Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a great American, father, grandfather, husband and standing here in his home state, we acknowledge a son of New Jersey. I miss you, Frank." 

Lautenberg will be buried on Friday in Arlington National Cemetery.

GAzer June 07, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Far as I can tell, Westboro hates pretty much everyone. I just hate morons, who are unfortunately coming to predominate in the Garden State.
Paul J. DiBartolo June 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Hey Dan, remember when slavery used to be legal? No, I guess you don't.
Paul J. DiBartolo June 07, 2013 at 01:53 AM
And then there was alcohol, Dan....first it was legal, then it was illegal, and then it was legal. I guess the Supremes don't necessarily get it right all the time, do they, Dan? So, is a fetus a person, Dan? If not, what exactly is a fetus? And when you abruptly end the existence of an eight and a half month old fetus, with a knife or a pair of scissors, what should we call that action, Dan? Finally, if the Supremes change their minds on Roe V Wade, what do we do and say about the millions and millions of fetuses exterminated, Dan?
Mrgrumpass June 07, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Dan we are happy he is resting in peace, he should have rested years ago!
g June 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Dan Grant, California State Statutes.. "Section 187, Murder defined: death of a fetus. Paragraph A-- Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought." Lautenburg = Gosnell

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