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New Jersey Democrat Donald Payne Jr. Passes Away at 65

New Jersey Democrat Donald Payne Jr. Passes Away at 65

New Jersey Democrat Donald Payne Jr. Passes Away at 65. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), a six-term congressman and Newark mainstay, has passed away at the age of 65. Governor Phil Murphy and Payne’s office announced his death on Wednesday, revealing that he had been hospitalized earlier this month due to health problems.

Payne’s office stated that he experienced a physical accident at home on April 6, which led to hospitalization and subsequent medical complications due to diabetes and high blood pressure. Despite efforts to treat him, he suffered cardiorespiratory arrest and unfortunately passed away.

Payne spent years in public service, working as a union worker, Newark City Council president, and member of the Essex County Board of Commissioners. He won election in 2012 to take the House seat held by his father, Donald Payne Sr., who served for 25 years until his death in 2012.

Governor Murphy praised Payne’s legacy, saying, “With his signature bowtie, big heart, and tenacious spirit, Donald spent years building a stronger and fairer New Jersey.” Murphy highlighted Payne’s achievements, including securing safe drinking water for Newark residents and creating good-paying jobs for union workers.

“Tammy and I are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, and a steadfast champion for the people of New Jersey, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.,” Murphy said in a statement revealing the lawmaker’s death.

Payne’s love for his community was evident in his tireless work to improve the lives of his constituents. He was a fierce advocate for social justice, education, and healthcare, and his dedication to public service inspired countless individuals.

His passing is a significant loss for the state of New Jersey and the nation as a whole. Payne’s commitment to public service and his unwavering support for his community will be deeply missed.

Payne’s death comes during primary voting in his state, and his name remains on the ballot. A write-in campaign or a convention called by county officials could potentially lead to a new nominee. The impact of his absence on House business is uncertain, particularly in close votes, as the chamber is already narrowly divided.

Members of Congress, including Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), have expressed condolences and praised Payne’s service. Jeffries described Payne as a “good friend, highly effective public servant, and compassionate leader,” while Johnson offered prayers for his family and friends.

Payne is survived by his wife, Beatrice, and their three children, Donald III, Jack, and Yvonne, who were the pride of his life. His legacy will live on through his contributions to the communities he served.

In addition to his work in Congress, Payne was a devoted family man and a pillar of his community. He was known for his kindness, empathy, and generosity, and his presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

As the news of his passing spreads, tributes and condolences have poured in from across the country. His colleagues and friends remember him as a dedicated public servant, a passionate advocate for justice, and a loving father and husband.

Rest in peace, Congressman Payne.


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