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Pelosi backs Payne in NJ-10 Democratic primary

House Speaker says Newark congressman co-wrote Biden infrastructure bill

By David Wildstein, March 23 2022 10:41 am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Rep. Donald Payne for re-election in New Jersey’s 10th district.

“I’m proud to endorse Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., because he’s a proven champion for working families and a leader his district can count on,” Pelosi said in the endorsement video. “Congressman Payne co-wrote the House version of President Biden’s Infrastructure bill, landmark legislation that will help create over 400,000 jobs in New Jersey, and he’s been a leader in expanding access to affordable health care.  I’m glad to call Donald Payne, Jr., not just a colleague, but a friend.”

Payne a former Essex County freeholder and Newark city councilman, has served in the House since 2012.

The video was shown at a “Women for Payne” campaign event in Newark last night headlined by First Lady Tammy Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver.

Attendees included Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eleana Pintor-Marin (D-Newark), and two progressive leaders: Blue Wave NJ president Marcia Marley and former CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein.

Payne praised Pelosi as “true icon and someone who has accomplished more than any other House Speaker before her.”

“Earning her support today is incredibly humbling,” he said.  “I’m proud to have stood with Speaker Pelosi to deliver real progress for working families, like passing the Infrastructure bill I co-wrote to create quality middle class jobs and provide more economic opportunities for New Jersey residents.  I thank Speaker Pelosi for her gracious support and look forward to continuing to work with her to get the job done for the American people.”

In his bid for another term, Payne is running the table on endorsement, especially from progressive Democratic leaders.

He faces Akil Khalfani, an Essex County College Sociology professor, and Imani Oakley, a Montclair resident who has had multiple short-term jobs over the last few years.

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