In Irvington, split-ticket playing Payne picks Vauss for mayor, Leach for council

Engaged on the ground in Newark today on behalf of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries of the South Ward, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) is also picking sides in the Irvington elections.

Two to be precise, in one election.

Payne this week issued an endorsement of Tony Vauss, who’s challenging veteran incumbent Mayor Wayne Smith.

Smith ran for Congress in 2012, flattened by Payne before the local Democratic Party with county connective tissue uprooted and replanted itself behind School Board Prez Vauss.

“Tony is a bright young man with innovative ideals to change Irvington. He believes in a better Irvington, and I know he will fight for what he believes in.” said Payne.

But it’s a little more complex than just a mayoral candidate.

The congressman also cut a robocall for Lionel Leach, CWA local president, who’s running for a council seat on a ticket with Smith.

In Irvington, split-ticket playing Payne picks Vauss for mayor, Leach for council