Biden lands another big N.J. endorsement

Posted Jan 21, 2020

A second New Jersey congressman has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden now that U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has ended his White House run.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-10th Dist., one of two African-American representatives from New Jersey, endorsed Biden on Tuesday.

He follows Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th Dist., who announced his support for Biden on Jan. 14, . Malinowski was an assistant secretary of state under President Barack Obama when Biden was vice president.

Having served under Obama, the first African-American president, Biden has strong support among black voters, which Booker was unable to win over during his unsuccessful campaign.

Three other Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Reps. Frederica Wilson and Alcee Hastings of Florida and Sanford Bishop of Georgia, also endorsed Biden on Tuesday.

Payne said Biden represented the continuation of the work began by his father, the late Rep. Donald Payne Sr., who was the first black congressman from New Jersey.

“To continue the work that my father championed, we need a president that prioritizes the issues that working families care about," Payne said. “He’s always been there for our communities. There is too much at stake in this election and we need someone like Joe Biden, who from day one will make the needs of working families the centerpiece of his administration.”

Biden also has the support of former New Jersey Govs. Jim Florio and Richard Codey.

The current governor, Phil Murphy, has said he has no current plans to endorse anyone.

Biden headlined a rally for Murphy before the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary and returned that fall to stump for him again. And he campaigned for Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th Dist., the following year.

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