Gerbounka to endorse Payne tomorrow

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka will endorse Newark Council President Donald Payne Jr. for Congress tomorrow outside Linden City Hall. “I’m

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka will endorse Newark Council President Donald Payne Jr. for Congress tomorrow outside Linden City Hall.

“I’m with Payne,” Gerbounka told PolitickerNJ.com.

Council President James Moore, Councilman Derek Armstead, Councilman Jack Sheehy and Councilman Robert Frazier are also scheduled to stand with Payne in his bid to succeed his late father, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) in the 10th Congressional District.

The independent Gerbounka’s endorsement clashes with the scene Monday at the local Linden Democratic Committee headquarters where Payne’s absense put his chief rivals, state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) and West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice, in a cramped room fight for political oxygen.

Gerbounka to endorse Payne tomorrow