As per the AP:
Long-serving U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg fell at his home and was taken by ambulance to a hospital as a precaution, an aide said.
The 86-year-old Democrat, the first New Jersey senator to be elected to five terms, was conscious when he was taken from his Cliffside Park home Monday night, spokesman Caley Gray said.
Lautenberg was doing well at the hospital but was to stay there overnight for routine observation, Gray said.
"The senator is in great spirits and joking with the doctors," said Gray, who didn't know if the senator had fallen inside or outside the apartment or whether he had suffered any injuries.
Well, this blog wishes no physical ill will towards any politician; they must be defeated in the arena of ideas, so that they do not rise again as some three-headed beast. But Lautenberg is 86 years old, and if he is at the point where falls are requiring hospital visits, one cannot image that he will make it to the end of his Senate term in 2014.
That being said, Lautenberg is a hardcore liberal who craves the power of the Senate, and is not likely to let go. It would take a series of these types of accidents -and likely a strong rope - for Lautenberg to consider letting go over power before his 90th birthday.
One believes that the Democrats must be praying for him. Yet another open seat, in a state that is turning redder and redder - both in political orientation and with rage against the middle-class destroying policies of Barack Obama - is the last thing the Democrats need.
But here's wishing you well, Senator. Hope to see you as nothing more than a quaint ideological anachronism by late 2010...