Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Jayapal endorses Payne for re-election


Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal is endorsing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) for re-election, calling him “an effective leader who cares deeply about the working families of New Jersey.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. is an effective leader who cares deeply about the working families of New Jersey. I am proud to fight side-by-side with him for affordable healthcare, free college tuition, and to improve the federal response to flooding and other climate-related disasters,” Jayapal said in a statement.

“As a sponsor of Medicare for All, the College for All Act of 2022, and the Climate Resilience Workforce Act, Congressman Payne has been an incredible ally on Capitol Hill. I’m honored to endorse his bid for re-election.”

Payne has an “A” rating from Progressive Punch, an organization that tracks voting records in Congress, including a 97% lifetime score on voting for progressive legislation.

He also has a 100 percent score from the AFL-CIO, CWA score, League of Conservation voters score and Human Rights Campaign.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by my colleague Congresswoman Jayapal, because she has proven herself to be a fierce advocate for progressive priorities and an effective coalition builder who gets things done,” noted Payne.

“People in Essex, Hudson and Union counties are struggling and they need help from the federal government to deliver more affordable health care, better job opportunities, bold climate action and so many other important priorities. I will continue to fight for them, as I have throughout my career.”

It’s the second big endorsement out of D.C. in the past week for Payne, he got the nod from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last Thursday.

He’s also secured endorsements from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Communication Workers of America, Gov. Phil Murphy (D), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to name a few.

He has two declared challengers for the June 7th primary: progressive Imani Oakley and sociology professor Akil Khalfani.

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