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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Two Republicans vying for nod to take on Payne

By Nikita Biryukov, March 30 2020 7:21 pm

Two Republicans will compete in a hotly-contested primary to win the party nomination in one of the most Democratic House districts in the nation.

Republicans Jennifer Zinone and Michael Barrett submitted their nominating petitions to take on Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark) on Monday.

Payne was re-elected by an 88%-10% margin in 2018.

Barrett filed with 274 signatures and is using his name a slogan in Essex and Hudson Counties.

Payne submitted more than 400 signatures.

Democrats hold a 10-to-one registration advantage over Republicans in the 10th congressional district.

There are 285,329 registered Democrats there. Republicans number just 28,214.

He faces a primary challenges from John Flora, who filed with 277 signatures and is running on the slogan “united by our future,” Rutgers law professor Eugene Mazo and Akil Khalfani.

Due to delays caused by COVID-19, petition information may be incomplete at this time.

The deadline to file was 4:00 p.m. Monday.

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