N.J. Map Sets Up Rothman, Garrett Member-vs.-Member Race

December 25, 2011

By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call

New Jersey Reps. Steven Rothman (D) and Scott Garrett (R) are on a collision course for November’s general election under a new map approved today by the state’s Congressional redistricting commission.

The bipartisan commission, made up of six Democrats, six Republicans and one independent, voted 7-6 for the Republican plan, which pushes the two lawmakers into the same district and gives Garrett a decided advantage based on the new area’s past voting performance.

New Jersey lost a district in reapportionment, ensuring two Members would be forced to run against each other if no one retired. Down to 12 districts, the new map favors Democrats and Republicans in six seats each.

Rothman is in his eighth term and serves on the Appropriations Committee. The Democrat hasn’t won with less than 60 percent of the vote since first being elected to represent his Hackensack-based 9th district in 1996.

To read more, visit:  http://www.rollcall.com/news/nj_map_sets_up_rothman_garrett_member_vs_member_race-211263-1.html?pos=hln

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