By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call
New Jersey Reps. Steven Rothman (D) and Scott Garrett (R) are on a collision course for Novemberâ€™s general election under a new map approved today by the stateâ€™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 areaâ€™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 hasnâ€™t won with less than 60 percent of the vote since first being elected to represent his Hackensack-based 9th district in 1996.
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