This is breaking.
Chris Christie can make some amends with the GOP by appointing an actual Republican to fill his seat. More here.
The oldest member of the Senate, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he missed several weeks of votes because of what he said was flu and bronchitis.
The death of Lautenberg, a Democrat who was the longest-serving senator in New Jersey history, creates a vacancy that Governor Christie, a Republican, will fill.
Update: A low-information voter from the link suggests who can replace Lautenberg: