New Jersey could see legislative districts moving South
By Kyle Maichle
TRENTON, New Jersey: As state officials are preparing to receive population data to draw the new legislative map, there's a possibility that a whole legislative district could move from Northern to Southern New Jersey.
In order to balance population shifts, Republican and Democrat negotiators could move a district from Northeast New Jersey to the Central or Southern regions of the state. The district could be placed in either Ocean or Burlington counties according to The Star Ledger.
Jay Webber, who leads the Republicans on the Redistricting Commission, acknowledged the possibility of moving a district downward. Webber said: "Districts have in the past been uprooted from one part of the state to another...It's far too early to be talking about specific scenarios." However, Democrats are downplaying possible changes to the map. State Senator Jeff Van Drew said: "The current map is not a travesty." Van Drew added, "obviously, we want to adjust for population and the changing nature of the communities, but not huge changes."
The last time a whole legislative district shifted was in 1991 when District 30 moved from Essex to an area covering Ocean and Burlington.
The 10 member Redistricting Commission has one month after the official release of Census data to reach an agreement on a redistricting plan. If no agreement is reached, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court would appoint an 11th member to the commission. The 11th member would decide the final outcome on how the maps are drawn.
The data is scheduled for release on the week of January 31, 2011.
- Redistricting in New Jersey
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- NJ.com, "N.J. redistricting could shift legislative seat toward southern part of state" 31 Jan. 2011
- PolitickerNJ "Rosenthal likely 11th member of redistricting committee" 29 Dec. 2010
- PRNewsWire, "Census Bureau to Release Local 2010 Census Data for Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia" 28 Jan. 2011