U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement in reaction to the passing of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ).
"New Jersey has lost one of its greatest leaders in the fight for equality and fairness for all Americans, and one of the greatest advocates for families of the Garden State. Congressman Payne and I served the people of Montclair, South Orange and West Orange together, but we were aligned in so many other ways as well. I was proud to serve alongside him in the fight to keep our cities safer, to provide greater opportunities for our young people and to give all Americans access to quality affordable health care. Donald Payne was a true trailblazer -- a champion for education and civil rights who sought to combat injustice all over the world. I will greatly miss my friend and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May Donald Payne rest in peace."