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

Payne nabs endorsement from Orange mayor

Dwayne Warren says congressman is ‘by far the best choice’ for 10th district

By Joey Fox, April 06 2022 2:05 pm

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark) announced today that he has received the endorsement of Dwayne Warren, the mayor of the City of Orange Township, in his bid for renomination to a sixth term in Congress.

“Congressman Payne is by far the best choice for Orange and for the entire 10th district,” Warren said in a statement. “Donald Payne has a long record of delivering for our communities and securing federal funding for programs and priorities that have had a tangible impact on my city, like providing more affordable housing and high paying jobs.”

Payne faces a Democratic primary against Imani Oakley, who has tried to outflank the congressman from the left; sociology professor Akil Khalfani is also running, but he has not drawn much attention. The district is solidly Democratic, and whoever prevails in the primary is essentially guaranteed to win the seat.

Warren’s backing of Payne is the latest in a long line of endorsements the congressman has received. Also on Payne’s side are Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, and national progressive leader Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), among others.

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