Funeral services under way for NJ congressman Payne

NEWARK - The funeral for one of New Jersey's trailblazing politicians is under way.

Rep. Donald Payne's service is being held at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. The 77-year-old lawmaker died last week of colon cancer.

Former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Gov. Chris Christie are among those that will speak at the funeral.

Payne served 12 terms and became New Jersey's first black congressional member when he was elected in 1988.

Payne was a member of House committees on education and foreign affairs and served as chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa.

Casket of NJ congressman transported to viewing Funeral set for NJ Rep. Donald Payne Public viewing held for Rep. Donald Payne NJ Rep. Donald Payne dead at 77

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Investigators say Quadeer Nelson and Kevin McKenzie distributed 1 2 arrested for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana that sickened dozens
VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers 2 VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers
3 Police investigating overnight shooting in Paterson
Manta rays, dragons, octopuses and more littered the 4 Kite festival kicks off in Long Branch
5 Neighborhood Brief for April 23

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.