Congressman Payne returns home to Newark via medical transport

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) of Newark left the Congressional session this morning to fly home via medical transport to New Jersey.

Sources close to the congressman say he is gravely ill.

Members of Congress were urged to go to George Washington University Hospital to pay their respects to the veteran Payne. Earlier this month Congressman Payne told the media he is suffering from colon cancer.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie