U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-10) today endorsed Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) for Congress in the 12th District Democratic Primary.
“Assemblywoman Watson Coleman is someone who has always made it very clear where she stands on the issues,” said Payne. “Whenever our Party has needed to take up the fight for our shared Democratic principles Bonnie has always been among the first to answer the call, and that is exactly the type of representative New Jersey needs in Congress as we move forward. Bonnie has long prioritized job creation, women’s health care and the need for stricter gun safety measures, the direction and future of which are currently under attack in Washington by the Tea Party. I can think of no better legislator to fill the void left behind by Rep. Rush Holt’s decision to not run again, and I am wholeheartedly endorsing her for the Democratic nomination on June 3rd.”
Payne serves as Ranking Member on the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Justice Reform Task Force.
“Congressman Payne, Jr.’s entire career has been highlighted by his commitment to public service and his willingness to stand and fight for our children, our seniors and our middle class families,” Watson Coleman. “I have known the Congressman and his family for more years than I care to count and I consider it a great honor to receive his endorsement. I believe there is nothing more important than working to ensure that health care reform fulfills its maximum potential, people across the country all receive equal pay for equal work, guns are removed off our streets and we fight back against the Tea Party to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare. It is my full intention to fight for the successful completion of these efforts in Congress.”