NJEA backs U.S. Rep. Payne for re-election in 10th District congressional race


The New Jersey Education Association is backing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. in 10th District congressional race ahead of the June 7th primary.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10). Photo via payne.house.gov.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our union is proud to endorse Congressman Payne for reelection. Throughout his time in office he has proven himself to be a champion for children, for working families and for the educators who make New Jersey’s public schools the best in the nation,” NJEA President Sean Spiller said in a statement.

“At a time of growing inequality in so many areas of our society, we need leaders like Congressman Payne who are committed to justice and opportunity for all.”

Payne was also credited for helping to deliver $660 million in federal funds for public schools in this district district through his support of the American Rescue Plan.

He has also been a supporter of the Head Start program, reaching traditionally underserved communities and fully supporting access and robust funding for public education.

“Public school educators change lives, and having the support of the New Jersey Education Association reflects the commitment I’ve always had to ensuring that children in every community can get an exceptional public education,” added Payne.

“Teachers and other school staff deserve to be fairly compensated, respected and given the resources they need to support the transformative work they do every day. I pledge to continue pursuing policies that support our public schools and our educators, like delivering federal funding to build new schools in our communities, expanding extracurricular programs and investing in early childhood education.”

Payne currently faces a primary challenge from progressive advocate Imani Oakley.

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