Mourners gather for funeral of NJ Sen. Lautenberg

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New Jersey governors Jon Corzine and James Florio and other mourners have begun filing into a New York City synagogue for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s funeral.

The liberal New Jersey Democrat’s nearly three decades in office and the causes he championed will be remembered at Wednesday’s service.

Mourners are passing through metal detectors as they arrive at Park Avenue Synagogue.

Lautenberg died Monday after suffering complications from viral pneumonia. At 89, he was the Senate’s oldest member.

Eulogies are to be given by Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Lautenberg’s relatives.

A service is planned at the Frank Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus, N.J., before his casket is put on an Amtrak train to Washington.

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