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New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne Jr. dies at age 65

by Katie Sobko
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Congressman Donald Payne Jr. died Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy reported. He has been hospitalized since April 6, when he suffered a heart attack due to complications from diabetes.

Mr. Payne, a Newark native, was first elected to represent New Jersey's 10th Congressional District in Washington state in 2012, succeeding his father. He also served on the Newark City Council and as an Essex County Freeholder.

The 65-year-old congressman is receiving medical treatment and is in stable condition, according to a statement released by his office on April 17.

The governor said he and First Lady Tammy Murphy are “deeply saddened by the tragic death of our friend and staunch advocate for the people of New Jersey.”

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. holds a press conference along the Hackensack River. Wednesday, September 7, 2022

“With his signature bow tie, big heart, and tenacious spirit, Donald exemplified the best of public service. A former union official and rate collector, he was a true symbol of our working people. “He deeply understood the challenges families faced and fought bravely every day to meet their needs,” Murphy said. “Donald's love will live on in the homes of Newark's neighbors,” who now have access to safe drinking water and are helping to create well-paying jobs for birthing brothers and sisters. did. ”

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