Payne doesn’t rule out a 2009 comeback

NEWARK – Former Assemblyman William Payne (D-Newark) today wouldn’t rule out a return run for his old Assembly seat. "If

NEWARK – Former Assemblyman William Payne (D-Newark) today wouldn’t rule out a return run for his old Assembly seat.

"If I ran, it would be for the Assembly," said Payne, who was in attendance at Governor Jon Corzine’s schools construction bill signing at the Oliver Street School in the Ironbound.

"But right now, I don’t have any intentions of running," Payne added.

Thrown off the line last year when he insisted on challenging for Sharpe James’s vacated Senate seat in the 29th District against establishment choice and eventual winner M. Teresa Ruiz, Payne would have to run against Assemblyman Albert Coutinho or Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer.

The more likely target would be Spencer, who was backed by Mayor Cory Booker in an alliance with the East and North Wards.

Ruiz came out of the North Ward Democratic Organization with the backing of powerful boss Steve Adubato, Sr., while Coutinho arose from the East Ward Democratic Organization with the support of his mentor, Joseph Parlavecchio.

Booker has butted heads politically with both Adubato and Parlavecchio since their alliance last year, but Payne wouldn’t speculate about his own renewed alliance with Adubato and Parlavecchio against a Booker-backed Spencer in 2009.

Still, he wouldn’t rule it out.

"There are a lot of things I want to continue to work on in Trenton," said Payne, who also complimented Spencer for the independence she has shown early in her tenure as an assemblywoman.

Payne doesn’t rule out a 2009 comeback