Governor Murphy Endorses Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. For Re-Election

Governor Phil Murphy today endorsed U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr., in the upcoming Democratic primary election in the 10th District, which includes parts of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Praising Congressman Payne’s record of delivering for working families, Governor Murphy enthusiastically backed the veteran Democrat and believes that his leadership is essential on major federal projects that are critical for New Jersey’s future, like the Gateway Program.

“Congressman Payne is a fighter for working families who stands up for our communities every day. He’s never failed to deliver – from helping create 400,000 middle-class, union jobs at major infrastructure projects, to ensuring that lifesaving cancer screenings are covered by Medicare, to providing funding to remove lead pipes from homes in our cities, to protecting a woman’s right to choose, to supporting much-needed funding for COVID-19 response and Hurricane Ida recovery and much more,” said Governor Murphy. “A lifelong Newark resident, Congressman Payne understands the challenges that our urban communities face and is absolutely the right leader to continue delivering the resources we need to keep our neighborhoods safe, create more good-paying job opportunities, and protect our rights and our values. I’m eager to support Congressman Payne’s re-election and look forward to continuing to work closely with him to deliver for the people of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.”

Congressman Payne thanked Governor Murphy for his endorsement and praised his leadership, saying: “I’m so thankful to have a Governor like Phil Murphy who has a real record of  progress. Governor Murphy is a champion for New Jersey’s working families, delivering on issues like raising the minimum wage, protecting workers’ rights, expanding health care coverage and always getting the job done here in New Jersey. I’m proud to have Governor Murphy’s support and to call him a friend and a partner. Together, we will keep fighting for the people of the 10th District.”