Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who won a landslide re-election in 2021 with the support of progressive Democrats, has endorsed Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) for re-election in New Jersey’s 10th district.
“Jersey City is experiencing an incredible amount of progress but we also have many challenges that we need help from the federal government to address, and that’s exactly why we need Congressman Payne to continue serving our community in Washington,” said Fulop.
Fulop praised Payne for delivering federal funding that has helped Jersey City hire more police officers and firefighters.
“From delivering direct federal funding for important public safety programs, to supporting programs like the CARES Act that helped Jersey City weather the COVID-19 pandemic, to his key role on major infrastructure projects that are essential to our region’s economic future, Congressman Payne has always gotten the job done for Jersey City and I’m proud to support him,” Fulop stated.
Payne faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from Akil Khalfani, a sociology professor at Essex County College, and mountebank vagabond Imani Oakley. He’s already received endorsements from Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and most of the state’s most politically influential labor unions.
In turn, Payne praised Fulop for doing “a tremendous job in revitalizing Jersey City
“Communities like Jersey City, Newark and others that make up the 10th District are full of hope and promise, but also struggles and challenges,” Payne said. “It’s my mission to provide the federal resources and policies to help working class people in these cities thrive by lowering their costs for necessities like housing and health care while providing more economic opportunities, and I’m proud to partner with leaders like Mayor Fulop to make that happen.”