Democrats in New Jersey's 10th gather union endorsements

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May 16, 2012

New Jersey

TRENTON, New Jersey: With the primary approaching, Democrats in New Jersey's 10th Congressional District are gathering endorsements from the state's unions.[1] The 10th District primary is considered one of the most competitive this year.[2]

Donald Payne Jr., son of deceased district incumbent Donald Payne, is the favorite of the Democratic establishment.[2] He has recently been endorsed by the retail workers union, which represents 5,000 workers.[1] Ronald C. Rice, another frontrunner, received the backing of New Jersey's largest union: the 70,000-member Communications Workers of America. He's also gotten the nod from SEIU Local 617.[1]

Although the unions are splitting into different camps, at least some say the race is not divisive. SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad said, "I'm supporting Ron Rice because he has the most progressive record. But they all have good labor records."[1]

Meanwhile, Nia Gill is also a serious contender, especially as she presents the opportunity to add a female voice to New Jersey's all-male congressional delegation.[2] The National Women’s Political Caucus and the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey have endorsed the state senator looking to go to Washington.[3]

Payne, Rice, Gill, and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith will debate on May 24.[1]

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