U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., Endorses Codey for Senate, Essex Democratic Candidates in 27th and 28th Legislative Districts 

Congressman Payne

U.S. Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., Endorses Codey for Senate, Essex Democratic Candidates in 27th and 28th Legislative Districts 

Congressman Payne Supports Sen. Burgess, Assembly members Tucker and McKeon, candidates Hall and Collazos-Gill 


NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., (D-Newark) is endorsing State Senator Richard Codey in the 27th Legislative District Democratic Primary Election, adding his support for the longtime legislator and former governor. Congressman Payne is also supporting the Essex County Democratic Committee legislative candidates in the 27th and 28th districts, including State Senator Renee Burgess, Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, Assemblyman John McKeon and Assembly candidates Garnet Hall and Alixon Collazon-Gill.


“Senator Codey has been a stalwart champion for working families and Democratic values for decades and we need his leadership in the State Senate to ensure that we can continue to deliver progress for our communities,” said Congressman Payne. “I’m proud to support Senator Codey as well as this outstanding Essex County Democratic Committee legislative ticket which includes both veteran lawmakers and talented new candidates with the energy and experience to get things done for the people. I’m fighting every day in Washington to stand up to extreme Republican attempts to derail our economy, restrict abortion rights and block common sense gun safety legislation, and I know that Senator Codey and the rest of the Essex County Democratic Team share those values and will deliver for the 27th and 28th districts.”


Congressman Payne won a commanding victory nearly one year ago in a contested Democratic Primary Election in the 10th Congressional District, winning nearly 84% of the vote against a well-funded challenger.


About Congressman Payne: 


A lifelong Newark resident, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., is a champion for working families, Democratic values and fighting to provide more opportunities for people in black and brown communities. He’s a devoted husband and father and a former union member with a blue collar background who has an immense respect for the dignity of work and the value of organized labor. A six-term Congressman, he was first elected in 2012 to succeed his late father, the legendary Rep. Donald Payne, Sr., who was the first Black Congressman in state history. Congressman Payne is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials in the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has jurisdiction over major infrastructure initiatives including the Gateway Project that are critical to New Jersey’s economy. Congressman Payne co-wrote the House version of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure act and has supported critical progressive legislation like the Build Back Better plan, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Equality Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and much more.



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