Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) has stepped up his fundraising and posted his second strong quarter after raising $224,646 in the last three months of 2021.
Payne raised $445,943 so far this cycle and has $399,522 cash-on-hand as he prepares to seek another term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 10th district.
The latest fundraising numbers don’t include his entire haul from a high-dollar labor event last week that included top-tier union officials from 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 Essex County College Sociology professor Akil Khalfani.
Oakley raised $121,158 in the fourth quarter and a total of $261,082 in 2021. But she’s already burned through more than half of her money and has $103,349 in her bank account.
Khalfani has not yet filed his report.
The 10th district is among the most Democratic in the nation and the winner of the primary will almost assuredly win the general election.
Payne, a former Newark councilman and Essex County freeholder, was elected to Congress in 2012 following the death of his father, Donald M. Payne, a 12-term Democrat who became the state’s first Black congressman when he won the seat in 1988.
He is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Material.