U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) are endorsing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. for re-election, hailing him as an effective partner in DC.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Donald Payne, Jr., and I worked hand in hand to bring an economic renaissance to the City of Newark when we both served there, and now we’re partners in Washington fighting for policy solutions to uplift New Jersey’s working families,” Booker, who served as mayor of Newark while Payne was the city council president, said in a statement.
“There is no one better in touch with the needs of the residents in Essex, Hudson and Union counties than Congressman Payne. I’m ecstatic to support my friend and colleague Congressman Donald Payne for re-election.”
Payne has been racking up the endorsements in the past couple of weeks, scoring the support of the New Jersey Education Association, Communication Workers of America, and New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association.
“Congressman Payne has developed into one of the foremost leaders in our congressional delegation and someone his constituents can always count on to deliver the leadership they need,” added Menendez.
“I whole-heartedly endorse Congressman Payne and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him to do the people’s work,” also stating it gives him “tremendous pride” to watch Payne follow in his father’s footsteps “as a champion for working people” in D-10.
Payne succeeded his father, U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, getting first elected in 2012 following his passing.
“I am grateful and humbled to have the support of our United States Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. Working together, we will continue to fight for the issues that matter most: quality and affordable healthcare, well-funded public schools, and rebuilding our infrastructure and economy,” the congressman stated.
“This endorsement is a recognition of our delegation’s work representing the people and a vote of confidence from two of the most important leaders in our Democratic Party.”