Source: Brian Thompson / NBC New York
Democratic New Jersey Rep. Donald M. Payne, the first African American to represent the state in Congress, has died, NBC New York has confirmed. He was 77.
Payne died early Tuesday in Essex County after a brief battle with colon cancer, according to a member of his staff.
The Newark-born politician announced last month that he had colon cancer. He had been undergoing treatment in Washington and returned to New Jersey on Friday.
Payne was a 12-term Democrat active in foreign affairs policy. He is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and served New Jersey’s 10th congressional district, which includes most of Newark, parts of Jersey City and Elizabeth and some suburban areas in Essex and Union counties.
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