The family of the late senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) endorsed Rep. Frank Pallone (D) as his successor Monday, picking Pallone over Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the odds-on favorite in the race.

"Most of the candidates in the Democratic field have proven themselves as hardworking, progressive leaders who care deeply about New Jersey," the Lautenberg family said in a statement released by the Pallone campaign. "But only one of them stands out as ready to continue Frank Lautenberg’s progressive leadership in the U.S. Senate. That candidate is Congressman Frank Pallone.

"We are saying: Stick with Frank."