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New Jersey Redistricting Map Passes by a 9-2 Margin

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission finalized a deal for a redistricting  map for the next decade, acknowledging some hits a few longtime incumbents will suffer, but referring to core virtues attained in a civil bipartisan outcome: a history-making completely bipartisan product. The commission claims that unlike past redistricting , no single side – Republican or Democrat – could claim total victory, or hang heads in complete defeat. The new map passed 9-2, with members Tom Kean, Jr. (a Republican) and Cosmo Cirilo (a Democrat) voting no on the 11-member commission.

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Following an agreement on the new legislative map by the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission, Co-Chairs Al Barlas and LeRoy J. Jones have released the following statement: “We are pleased to announce that the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission has reached a consensus with the guidance of Independent Member Judge Philip Carchman on a map that will provide fair and responsive legislative districts for all New Jersey residents for the coming decade.”

Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in the United States. A congressional act passed in 1967 requires that representatives be elected from single-member districts, except when a state has a single representative, in which case one state-wide at-large election be held.

Under the New Jersey Constitution, the redistricting commission must adopt the new congressional districts map by majority vote of its members, and certify such map to the New Jersey Secretary of State, on or before Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

NJGOP Chairman Hugin applauded the new map saying it, “puts GOP majority within reach ” . Hugin released the following statement : “I would like to thank and congratulate the Republican members of the Legislative Redistricting Commission for giving the voters a map which solidifies and strengthens the positions of our Republican representatives in battleground districts, but just as importantly, delivers a number of highly competitive, offensive pickup opportunities. It will take great candidates, strong campaigns and a lot of hard work, but let me be crystal clear: this map puts a Republican majority in the State Legislature within reach and that is what the NJGOP will be fighting tooth and nail for,” said Hugin.

“The district boundaries under this map, coupled with the current political climate, the NJGOP’s strong momentum, and the myriad failures of Joe Biden and Phil Murphy, means then no Democrat is safe in New Jersey in 2022, 2023 and beyond,” Hugin concluded.

One thought on “New Jersey Redistricting Map Passes by a 9-2 Margin

  1. It’s good to see both working together. Stuff like this is way overdue

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