2 New Jersey representatives will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration

At least two of New Jersey’s representatives in Washington, D.C. have announced their plan to boycott the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Rep. Donald Payne will not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural ceremony.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Rep. Donald Payne will not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural ceremony. (1/17/17)

EDISON - At least two of New Jersey’s representatives in Washington, D.C. have announced their plan to boycott the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Democrats Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Rep. Donald Payne have both said they will not attend the ceremony in Washington this weekend and will instead stay in New Jersey.

Rep. Payne released a statement that said in part, “Donald Trump will be our president, and I will work with him if my values permit, and if doing so is in the best interest of my constituents and the nation.” 

The statement continued, “I will not celebrate his swearing-in to an office that he has proven unfit to hold."

Rep. Watson Coleman says that instead of attending the ceremony she will hold an interfaith prayer vigil in Trenton. The congresswoman says that she has doubts about Trump and his cabinet picks, and has received complaints from her constituents in her central New Jersey district.

“I can only do what I think is best for my constituents that I have been communicating with. And I can only do that which I think is the right thing for me to do,” she says.

The prayer service, which is open to the public, will take place Friday at noon. Watson Coleman will also speak at the Women’s March rally being held in Trenton on Saturday.

Republican Rep. Leonard Lance says that he will be attending the ceremony.

Rep. Lance tells News 12 New Jersey, “I think it's a great honor to be able to attend an inaugural ceremony and I think it represents the peaceful transfer of power in this country."

Payne and Watson Coleman are two of at least 50 Democrats nationwide which are boycotting the event.

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