N.J. legislative redistricting commission expected to choose map for next decade

April 4, 2011

By Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau

NEW BRUNSWICK — It’s one of the most important political events of the decade, and it’s getting down to the wire.

Today, the commission that redraws the state’s 40 legislative districts is expected to informally choose a map for the next decade. Sunday at noon, they’ll hold an official vote to adopt it.

Lawmakers are on edge as they prepare to learn their political fates, with at least one considering moving if he’s put into an unfriendly district.

Democrats and Republicans have prepared for state legislative redistricting for years, but much of the work was crunched into the last week at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, as each party’s five-member teams huddled separately behind closed doors with the deadline approaching, and shuttled in and out of meetings with tiebreaker Alan Rosenthal.

Friday night, the parties submitted their final proposals to Rosenthal, who is expected to cast his vote with one of the parties today.

How the new map is configured will help decide which party controls the state Senate and Assembly, which are both currently held by Democrats

To read more, visit: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/nj_legislative_redistricting_c_2.html


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