EWING – Pointing to her long history on the frontlines fighting for Democratic values, Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10) today endorsed Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in her campaign to secure the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. A Newark native, Rep. Payne, Jr. has been a tireless advocate for New Jersey’s working families for over two decades, fighting to create jobs, increase health and economic security and invest in education. Rep. Payne, Jr. cited Watson Coleman’s work in New Jersey’s Democratic Party as the State Chair and her time as Assembly Majority Leader in announcing his endorsement.
“Assemblywoman Watson Coleman is someone who has always made it very clear where she stands on the issues,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “Whenever our Party has needed to take up the fight for our shared Democratic principles Bonnie has always been among the first to answer the call, and that is exactly the type of representative New Jersey needs in Congress as we move forward. Bonnie has long prioritized job creation, women’s health care and the need for stricter gun safety measures, the direction and future of which are currently under attack in Washington by the Tea Party. I can think of no better legislator to fill the void left behind by Rep. Rush Holt’s decision to not run again, and I am wholeheartedly endorsing her for the Democratic nomination on June 3rd.”
Rep. Payne, Jr. is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. In addition, Rep. Payne, Jr. serves on the Committee on Small Business where he works to expand access to capital for small business owners and increase jobs training so that our workers have the high skills to compete in an advancing global economy. Moreover, as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Justice Reform Task Force, Rep. Payne, Jr. is working to protect our communities from gun violence and prevent guns from getting into the hands of criminals.
“Congressman Payne, Jr.’s entire career has been highlighted by his commitment to public service and his willingness to stand and fight for our children, our seniors and our middle class families,” Watson Coleman. “I have known the Congressman and his family for more years than I care to count and I consider it a great honor to receive his endorsement. I believe there is nothing more important than working to ensure that health care reform fulfills its maximum potential, people across the country all receive equal pay for equal work, guns are removed off our streets and we fight back against the Tea Party to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare. It is my full intention to fight for the successful completion of these efforts in Congress.”
Watson Coleman’s campaign for Congress has already received endorsements from Founder of the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Vice Chair of the LGBT Caucus in Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison, the Women’s Campaign Fund, Bishop Reginald Jackson, the Mercer County Democratic Committee, the Union County Democratic Committee and elected officials from throughout the 12th Congressional District along with support from labor groups including the New Jersey Laborers Union, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, CWA 1039, the SEIU NJ State Council, AFSCME Local 979 out of Middlesex County and Corrections USA. The campaign has also been endorsed by national Progressive Democratic organizations the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Blue America PAC and Progressive Democrats of America.