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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

CWA backs Payne

Ehret calls Payne an ally of the labor movement

By David Wildstein, February 04 2022 9:45 am

The Communications Workers of America have endorsed Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 10th district.

“Throughout his career in Washington, D.C, Congressman Payne has consistently been a tremendous ally for both our members and the labor movement at-large,” said New Jersey CWA State Director Fran Ehret. “Our Union is proud to once again support his re-election campaign.  And we look forward to continuing our collaboration with Congressman Payne to expand health care access, fight for economic justice and provide greater economic opportunities for New Jersey’s working families.”

Ehret and former CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein had been part of a high-dollar Payne labor fundraiser earlier this month.

“Whether it’s ensuring our government agencies are well-functioning or providing care to our most vulnerable citizens, communities across New Jersey depend on the vital work of CWA members,” Payne said.  “I’m proud of my 100% rating on CWA’s Congressional Scorecard, and I will continue to fight for the working families of New Jersey.”

Two Democrats are challenging Payne in the Democratic primary: Imani Oakley, a mountebank former staffer who has held multiple jobs over the last few years; and Akil Khalfani, an Essex County College Sociology professor.

It’s virtually impossible to successfully challenge Payne in a primary after he’s scored endorsements from the CWA, the New Jersey Education Association, an d the New Jersey Mutual Firefighters Association.

The CWA has also endorsed Democratic incumbents Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).

“Each and every day, these Members of Congress fight for working families and democracy down in Washington DC,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District 1. “They have a strong record, and we’re proud to continue supporting them in these all-important mid-term elections. We are also proud to support Rob Menendez to join their ranks.”

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