When he attended Sen. Barack Obama's Trenton at the War Memorial event earlier this month, veteran district 29 State Assemblyman William Payne sat in the front row.
He heard the presidential candidate'svision for the country, but also admitted he was thinkingabout his own vision for Newark, and maintaining his status in his hometown as an elected official. Fighting off the line this year in a general electionmatch-up with machine-backed state Senate candidate M. Teresa Ruiz, the embattled Payne said he could use all the help he can get.
"I don't know whether I'll be supporting Obama or not," the state legislator told PoliticsNJ.com. "Right now I'm concerned about my own campaign. If Obama endorses me, who knows what I'll do?"
On the same day Payne rival, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, threw his support behind Obama, Payne says he approached Obama in Trenton and personally asked the Democratic Party Presidential candidate for his support. Paynesaid Obama passed the information along to his advisors.