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Representative Donald M. Payne. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

One of Payne’s opponents has dropped out

Independent Dorothy Jane Humphries is no longer candidate for Congress in NJ-10

By David Wildstein, August 31 2022 1:13 pm

Dorothy Jane Humphries has dropped her independent bid for a congressional seat against Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) in New Jersey’s 10th district.

A 33-year-old Jersey City resident and a registered Republican, Humphries had filed nominating petitions in June to run under the “Together We Can” slogan.

Humphries had mounted no visible campaign, with no social media presence and no filings with the Federal Election Commission.  She filed her nominating petition with exactly 50 signatures, the minimum needed to get on the ballot, but no challenge was mounted.

She is the second independent candidate for Congress to withdraw in advance of Tuesday’s deadline: Veronica Fernandez ended her challenge to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th district on Monday.

That brings the statewide total of independent House candidates to 31.  While 115 independents have won House seats nationally since the end of the Civil War, none were from New Jersey.

Payne represents one of the most heavily Democratic congressional districts in the nation and is a lock to win re-election to the seat he’s held for the last ten years.  He easily defeated mountebank challenger Imani Oakley by an 83%-11% margin in the June Democratic primary.

Voters apparently didn’t like Oakley, who raised $462,672  but received just 1,595 more votes than Akil Khalfani, who reported raising nothing.  Oakley was also rejected by those who knew her best: three former employers for whom she worked just a short time – U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) and the New Jersey Working Families Party – endorsed Payne.

Payne now faces Republican David Pinckney and three independent candidates:  Cynthia Johnson (Jobs and Justice); Kendal Ludden (Libertarian); and Rev. Clenard J. Childress, Jr.  (The Mahali Party).  Childress has lost nine races for the State Assembly and has wracked up multiple violations with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

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