Rep. Mikie Sherrill (R-Montclair) has endorsed Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) for re-election in the next-door 10th district.
“Congressman Payne cares deeply about the people of this state and delivers for NJ-10. Whether it’s securing the removal of lead pipes, making vital improvements to our transportation infrastructure, lowering the cost of healthcare, or combatting climate change, he leads with the concerns of his constituents in mind,” said Sherrill. “We’ve partnered closely since my first days in Congress to make life better for New Jerseyans, including securing federal funding to complete the Gateway Tunnel Project. It is a great pleasure to serve New Jerseyans alongside him, especially in those communities we represent together. I am proud to endorse him for reelection.”
Sherrill and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), who also supports Payne, are the only two women to represent New Jersey in Congress in the last 20 years. Their endorsement of the Newark congressman makes it more difficult for one of Payne’s primary opponents, Imani Oakley, to make a credible case for her candidacy.
Payne and Sherrill both share parts of Montclair and traded some municipalities under the new redistricting map approved late last year. Sherrill picked up South Orange and Maplewood from the 10th, while Payne added Caldwell, Essex Fells, Verona and more of West Orange from the 11th.
Payne praised Sherrill.
“Congresswoman Sherrill is a tireless and dedicated public servant,” Payne stated. “She has successfully brought back New Jersey tax dollars for clean water projects, affordable housing, and mental healthcare in our state. We share a dedication to tackling the toughest issues facing people in New Jersey, and I am honored to receive her endorsement.”