NEWARK - Former constituents had a chance to walk alongside the military caisson that carried New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne's body today.
The remains were transported from the Historic Essex County Courthouse for another viewing at Newark's Metropolitan Baptist Church.
"I felt I needed not to leave his side," his son Donald Payne Jr. said today. "He had done so much for me in his life that I'm really at peace, and the family is managing as well as can be expected, but for me I'm really at peace he is been such a great role model and citizen to the world."
His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m.
The 77-year-old passed away last week from colon cancer. He had been undergoing treatment in Washington, D.C., and was flown to New Jersey days before he died.
The 12-term democrat became New Jersey's first black congressional member in 1988. He was a member of House committees on education and foreign affairs and served as chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa.
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