New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. Will Be Missed: Mayor Derek Armstead

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Statement from Mayor Derek Armstead on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

Editor’s note: From the congressman’s homepage, “Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. has spent his career fighting for New Jersey’s working families by working to deliver on quality schools, affordable healthcare, and an economy that works for everyone, not just a lucky few. Born and raised in Newark’s South Ward, he’s lived on the same street his entire life.

Congressman Payne 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. Since then he has distinguished himself in Congress as an advocate for everyday people in his district by providing exemplary constituent service, supporting legislation to help lift them into the middle class, and providing funding for key local priorities like building new public schools and housing, removing lead pipes from homes in low income neighborhoods, hiring more police officers to keep residents safe and much more. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Payne served as Newark City Council President and as an Essex County Freeholder. 

“Congressman Payne is a former union member and has an immense respect for the dignity of work and the value of organized labor. Before embarking on a career in public service, Congressman Payne was a member of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers and United Auto Workers District 65 unions. The congressman comes from a blue-collar background and previously worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as a toll collector. These experiences give him a unique perspective on the struggles that working class families face.

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. Image Credit – Rep. Payne


Linden, New Jersey, April 29, 2024 -My wife and I are deeply saddened by the devastating passing of our devoted friend, colleague, and dedicated public servant of New Jersey, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.

His tenacious spirit and compassionate trait will be deeply missed. As a former union worker and toll collector, he understood the hardships that our working families endure. Not only did he advocate for the public in his early years as Newark City Council President but also during his tenure on the Essex County Board of Commissioners.

We will hold his memory close to our hearts as we build upon the Payne family’s deep legacy of service in advocating for the communities.

“He was a dedicated leader and supporter who adored Newark and Essex County residents. He most certainly will be missed. I send my sincere condolences and prayers to his family” said Mayor Arnstead.

Donald Payne Jr., 65, represented N.J. Congressional District 10, which includes part of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties, including areas of Newark. Rep. Payne, Jr. was an unwearied advocate for New Jersey families, working to create jobs and grow the economy, protect and invest in our children.

Donald Payne Jr., who planned to run for reelection in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, was first elected to the House in 2012, succeeding his late father, Rep. Donald Payne Sr., who passed away from colon cancer.

Donald Payne Jr., was running unopposed in the Democratic primary. His legacy will continue to inspire others to pursue justice and equality in our society. Donald Payne Jr., leaves behind his wife and three children.

Banner Image: Congressman Payne and a student. Image Credit – Rep. Payne


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