Lautenberg to run for Senate again

March 31, 2008 8:11:28 AM PDT
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg is about to make it official - he's running for office again.

The 84-year-old Democrat will announce his re-election bid Monday afternoon in Trenton. Several partisan pals - including Gov. Jon Corzine - are expected to be on hand.

Lautenberg has been raising money for another run for at least a year. The Federal Election Commission shows he had $4.3 million cash on hand as of Dec. 31, and has already spent about $750,000.

He's unchallenged in the primary so far, though former Gov. Brendan Byrne's son Tom Byrne says he will decide within a day or so whether to run.

At least three Republicans have declared their candidacy.