(Photo: City of Newark)
Newark City Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr. is one of four candidates hoping to fill his late father’s congressional seat, which became vacant when the elder Payne lost his battle with colon cancer on March 6. The 12-term congressman was the first and only African-American to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The fault lines are already forming, according to a report on the website NJ.com, forcing local lawmakers to take sides. Payne’s next political move was supposed to be a bid to become Newark’s next mayor. Two of his colleagues, council members Ras Baraka and Darrin Sharif, have thrown their support behind Rice because they believe he’s “the only candidate in this race with a true vision for the future of Newark and the 10th District as a whole," they said in a joint statement.
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