Black NJ pols endorse Joe Biden for President

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By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

Reports indicate that two leading Black New Jersey politicians are throwing their support behind Joe Biden for the Democratic Presidential nomination  a week after Black candidate and New Jerseyian U.S. Sen. Cory Booker drops out of the race.

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. and State Sen. Ronald Rice announced this week that they are both endorsing Biden.

Rice's endorsement was reported early Friday morning. He is the longest-serving African American senator in New Jersey history and the chairman of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus. He did not initially endorse Booker for president. The two previously ran against each other for mayor of Newark in 2006.

Payne's endorsement comes as four other Black congress members announce their endorsements for Biden, according to reports Payne joins Frederica Wilson and Alcee Hastings of Florida and Sanford Bishop of Georgia. Payne previously backed Booker in February 2019.

“He’s always been there for our communities,” Payne said in one report. “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.”

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