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New Jersey Representative Donald Payne Jr. passes away at the age of 65

Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., has passed away at the age of 65 after being hospitalized in early April. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy expressed his sorrow at the loss of Payne, describing him as a dedicated advocate for the people of New Jersey. Payne, known for his bowtie and commitment to public service, understood the struggles of working families. His passing leaves a vacancy that the governor must fill by scheduling a special election. Payne’s seat is expected to remain in Democratic hands, maintaining the balance of power in the House of Representatives.


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