In a move that pits him locally against state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth), U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) this weekend endorsed the Rev. James Moore for council in Roselle.
Moore runs on a ticket backed by Mayor Garrett Smith, who’s trying to eliminate Council President Jamel Holley, a Lesniak protege and prospective candidate for mayor next year.
On Sunday, Payne walked into the Rev. Moore’s Second Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. service and plugged Moore for council over Holley.
Payne and Smith are longtime allies.