NJ loses a seat; now the fun begins?

New Census figures will result in New Jersey losing one of its 13 seats in the House of Representatives.

So, which member of Congress will go?  It all depends on which party prevails in the battle that is to come.  We are talking about a 13-member committee with six Dems, six Republicans and one neutral chairman who will likely end up casting the deciding vote. 

When that happens, we will see either two incumbent Republicans or two incumbent Democrats put into the same district.


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 NJ loses a seat; now the fun begins?

  1. P says:

    It always comes down to who the court picks when the commission deadlocks along party lines.

    It would be nice this time if they stuck to the law and made sure no city/town/municipality was divided into more than two congressional districts, and if they would also go with a more compact map – i.e., one that isn’t a massive gerrymander and divides counties into the least number of congressional districts as possible.

    I would expect the North to be the biggest loser since most of the population growth has been in the Central and Southern counties.

  2. Ted Doty says:

    Again, a fantasy world. Districts have always been and will always be redrawn to benefit the prevailing party…and only those in the minority complain

  3. P says:

    Actually, NJ has a fairly bipartisan approach already. They just need to go the extra mile and eliminate a few more of the more egregious issues with redistricting. And it has nothing to do with Majority or Minority, just what is Right, and what gives us the best representative democracy.

  4. Ted Doty says:

    Actually, I was taking about reality again, Pbrain merely spouts his opinion.

  5. P says:

    Since I was talking about what should be done, of course, it was my Opinion. And if it’s Fantastic to believe that politicians should do the right thing for all their constituents, then consider me a Dreamer. It’s a shame that some people are so bitter and convinced that the world is conspiring against them that they cannot even imagine what the right solution is, or that it can be achieved.

    Merry Christmas Mr. Scrooge. Maybe this is the year that the ghosts pay a visit.

  6. Bob Grant says:

    There is a ten person commission appointed by the political parties (no, not the tea party) and an 11th person selected by the Chief Justice of the NJ Supreme court which will develop the redistricting map. The 11th person must enter the process before March 1, 2011 and the entire commission must complete its deliberations and issue a new map by April 1.

    Rumor has it that a map favoring Democrats would try to pit Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11) against each other.

    This is unlikey, but it would be interesting. Don’t let your sense of geography cause you problems, just look at Garrett’s district wandering the top of the state like a drunken lizard.

  7. Hogwash11 says:

    Bob is you are talking about reapportionment but not if you are talking about redistricting.

  8. P says:

    Reapportionment (determining how many US Representatives each state will have for the next decade) has already been done by the Feds using the new Census data.

    Now, NJ has to redistrict both its Federal Congressional districts and its state legislative districts, but not in that order, once it receives the detailed census data for the state.

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