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New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne Jr. dies


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Washington — Rep. Donald Payne Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, has died at age 65, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Payne had been hospitalized since early April after suffering “a cardiac episode due to complications related to his diabetes,” his office said in a statement last week. He also said he was being treated at a local hospital. The statement followed a report from the New Jersey Globe that Payne was unconscious and on a ventilator after suffering a heart attack on April 6.

“With his iconic bow tie, his big heart and his tenacious spirit, Donald embodied the best of public service,” Murphy said in a statement Wednesday.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, said they were saddened to learn of Payne’s death and sent prayers to his family and friends.

Jeffries called him “a very effective public servant and compassionate leader.”

Payne, who was running for reelection in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, was first elected to the House in 2012, succeeding his late father, Rep. Donald Payne Sr., who died of colon cancer. Payne ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

He is survived by his wife and their three children.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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