Payne’s pickle

Ten-term Congressman Donald Payne is in the potentially dangerous position of not supporting his party's nominee for State Senate, if his brother follows through on his plan to mount an Independent bid fall. Assemblyman William Payne has opted out of a Democratic primary for Sharpe James' open Senate seat, saying he will run as an Independent against the expected Democratic nominee, Teresa Ruiz. Last month, Newark Mayor Cory Booker refused to commit himself to backing Payne's re-election in 2008.

Payne’s pickle