Redistricting fun and games

The state will soon draw new boundaries for legislative districts that will take effect for the 2011 elections. This is insiders’ stuff to be sure, but the insiders are getting excited about it.

The big news for Morris County is a push, or maybe just a belief, to take Parsippany out of the 26th District and put it in the 25th.  If that happens, Morris Township would be one of the towns moving to the 26th.

If you want to get your bearings, the current lawmakers in the 25th are Sen. Bucco, and Assembly members Carroll and Bucco the younger.
In the 26th, they are Sen. Pennachio and Assembly members DeCroce and Webber.

If such a thing happens, it would move Carroll, who lives in Morris Township, out of the 25th district and also hurt Parsippany by putting any Parsippany legislative hopeful in a district with new and different towns.

County Republicans discussed this at a recent meeting.

Of course, this all could be moot; there is no guarantee any of this will happen. 
But so much of politics is talking.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

9 Responses to Redistricting fun and games

  1. Bill W. says:

    Fred, when you write about “insiders” and that “County Republicans discussed this at a recent meeting,” to whom and what are you referring specifically? Who exactly are the “insiders” and “County Republicans” (name names, because it makes a difference for credibility purposes) and at what “recent meeting” (again, specifics, please)?

  2. Well, Joe Pennacchio has mentioned it to me and the meeting in question was a meeting of GOP county committee leaders …
    You can assume that insiders means John Sette, the county chair, and such elected officials as state lawmakers and the freeholders

  3. Bill W. says:

    Interesting stuff. You should dig into this a little more and make it the subject of a whole column. What other ambitious politician lives in Morris Twp?

  4. John Murphy, but I really do not know how ambitious he is these days. He seems to be putting politics on the back burner a bit.

  5. P says:

    The most important issue for redistricting is that the Republicans don’t let the Dems continue to gerrymander the state, especially breaking up the big cities into more than two districts as prescribed by law. We need districts that are more competitive, not less (see Legislature, California).

  6. John Sette says:

    Hello rumors…The census numbers are not even in and the rumors are spreading. There have been NO secret meetings. There are only speculations..ie what happens to Mendham Boro, Chatham Borough etc. Does the 26th lose the Passaic County Town etc. The Committee in charge of making these decisions has not even started their formal sessions. I went to one informal meeting and there was NO action taken.. I was there and asked if I would help the Committee. Of course I said yes. I had a meeting with my County candidates last week and mentioned my meeting several months ago. One of these candidates has read into my statement and is completely wrong as to his or her conclusions.

  7. P says:

    So, Chairman John, you’re telling us that there won’t be backroom deals to protect certain incumbents and the gerrymander the state to satisfy the political class and keep the citizenry from having real choices – i.e., competitive districts; and that that will be your only focus???

  8. John Sette says:

    P (It would be nice if you didn’t hide behind a “letter” and we knew who you are),I stand by my statement. I have never been involved in this process before. I would guess that we would want a map that favors all Republicans across the State. As the Democrats would want one that favors them…There is a process and we shall see. As for Morris County, we are a strong Republican base because we do our jobs as elected official well. If we didn’t I’m sure we would be voted out of office. And by the way…the citizens have a voice each time they enter the voting booth.

  9. P says:

    Sorry, Mr. Chairman, but I don’t agree. Gerrymandered districts DENY voters an opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot in an election. It also creates a legislative body that tends to skew towards the extremes. California’s legislature is a great example of what happens when the parties divide up the state and the only meaningful vote that’s cast is in the primary. By the general election, most races are just coronations. And we fought hundreds of years ago to get rid of monarchs.

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