House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Congressman Donald Payne in 10th District race


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) is endorsing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. for re-election in the 10th District congressional race, calling him “a proven champion for working families and a leader his district can count on.”

“I’m proud to endorse Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., because he’s a proven champion for working families and a leader his district can count on,” Pelosi said in a video played at last night’s inaugural “Women for Payne” fundraising event.

“Congressman Payne co-wrote the House version of President Biden’s Infrastructure bill, landmark legislation that will help create over 400,000 jobs in New Jersey, and he’s been a leader in expanding access to affordable health care. I’m glad to call Donald Payne, Jr., not just a colleague, but a friend.”

Headlined by First Lady Tammy Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver (D), the campaign’s “Women for Payne” event was held last night at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark and had hundreds of attendees.

The Payne campaign will be hosting additional events through “Women for Payne” and will work to connect with female Democratic voters from throughout the 10th District over the coming weeks.

“Nancy Pelosi is a true icon and someone who has accomplished more than any other House Speaker before her, so earning her support today is incredibly humbling,” noted Payne.

“I’m proud to have stood with Speaker Pelosi to deliver real progress for working families, like passing the Infrastructure bill I co-wrote to create quality middle class jobs and provide more economic opportunities for New Jersey residents. I thank Speaker Pelosi for her gracious support and look forward to continuing to work with her to get the job done for the American people.”

Other attendees at the Women for Payne event included State Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, Assembly Budget Chair Eleana Pintor-Marin, Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise (also a Jersey City councilwoman-at-large), Newark Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, Assemblyman Rev. Reginald Atkins, Blue Wave NJ President Marcia Marley, former CWA State Director Hetty Rosenstein, among many others.

Pelosi joins New Jersey Democratic leaders such as Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in backing Payne for another term.

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