Senator Lautenberg treated for bleeding ulcer

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, to discuss new legislation designed to keep drunk drivers off the road. Lautenberg was hospitalized on Monday, February 15, 2010 after a fall at his home. (Evan Vucci)

February 16, 2010 6:55:04 AM PST
His office says doctors treated U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg for a bleeding ulcer Tuesday. His office says the 86-year-old New Jersey Democrat underwent a successful endoscopy procedure.

Spokesman Caley Gray says Lautenberg was taken to a hospital Monday after becoming lightheaded and falling at his Cliffside Park home.

His office announced Monday night that Lautenberg was in great spirits, was joking with doctors and would stay there overnight for routine observation.

Gray says Lautenberg is expected "to make a full recovery and will be back to work soon."

Lautenberg was first elected to the Senate in 1982. He retired in 2000 but was called back in 2002 as a late replacement for Sen.

Robert Torricelli. Torricelli abandoned his re-election bid amid an ethics controversy five weeks before Election Day.