Lautenberg plans to skip his own convention party

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), right, and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy listen as Ahmed Shedeed, director of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, talks during a gathering at the center, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

September 4, 2012 4:16:19 AM PDT
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg does not plan to be there when delegates and lobbyists fete him at a party at the Democratic National Convention.

A spokesman for the 88-year-old senator from New Jersey tells The Star-Ledger that Lautenberg has "personal plans" for Tuesday.

He plans to arrive at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday.

At least two well-known New Jersey Democrats have explored running for Lautenberg's seat in 2014. One is state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The other is Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is scheduled to speak at the convention Tuesday night.

Lautenberg has not announced any plans to step aside.