ROSELLE — In a bold departure from standard practice, Congressman Donald Payne came to the borough to deliver a stirring endorsement of Rev. James Moore, a candidate for councilman at large with the Column B Democrats for Change.
A leader in the United States Congress for the last 20 years and former head of the Black Congressional Caucus, Payne delivered his remarks from the pulpit of the Second Baptist Church, where Moore is pastor.
On Tuesday, June 8 voters will choose nominees for sheriff, county clerk and three freeholders along with a long list of local elected officials, including at least 20 contested offices. Moore is running on Column B, with a team of insurgents called, ‘Democrats for Change.’
Since Payne appears at the top of Column A, on the regular political organization line, Moore’s endorsement carries great significance. “I think it sends a signal to voters that it is okay to depart from
the so-called ‘organization line’ when choosing nominees to represent the future of the Democratic Party,” said Mayor Garrett Smith.
Moore is locked in a hotly contested race with incumbent Council President Jamel Holley. Holley is favored by power brokers and party bosses and he is a close associate of former state Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who pled guilty to child pornography charges recently.
“I am proud to support Rev. Moore because he has character and integrity and I encourage you to vote for him on Tuesday, June 8,” said Payne.
Congressman Donald Payne endorsed Rev. James Moore, the Column B Democrats for Change candidate for councilman at large in Roselle.
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