Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) endorsed Joe Biden for president today, becoming the second prominent New Jersey Democrat to takes sides in the race since Cory Booker dropped out last week.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) announced his support for the former vice president the day after Booker’s exit.
“He’s always been there for our communities,” Payne said in a statement reported by POLITICO. “There is too much at stake in this election and we need someone like Joe Biden, who from Day One will make the needs of working families the centerpiece of his administration.”
Payne, who is Booker’s congressman, was one of four African American lawmakers to publicly back Biden today.
According to POLITICO, Biden now has the endorsements 15 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Payne’s father, Donald Payne, Sr., chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1995 to 1997.
The current congressman served as a Newark city councilman from 2006 to 2012, when Booker was mayor.