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Redistricting 2011-2020


NEW JERSEY STATE LEGISLATURE

The New Jersey Legislative Redistricting Commission adopted a map with new boundaries that will govern elections for the State Legislature from 2011 through 2020. More information available here.

Maps of the legislative districts are also available from the New Jersey Division of Elections.

U.S. CONGRESS

The national population shifts reflected in the 2010 census means that the size of New Jersey’s House delegation decreased from 13 to 12 when the Congress elected in November 2012 was sworn in.

The Redistricting Committee charged with delineating the new Congressional districts for New Jersey included Democrats Michael Baker, former Assemblyman; Nilsa Cruz-Perez, former Assemblywoman; Ed Farmer, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill PascrellJeannine LaRue, former Rutgers University Vice-President; Joe Roberts, former Assembly Speaker; and Phil Thigpen, Essex County Democratic Chair and Republicans Caroline Casagrande, Assemblywoman; Michael DuHaime, Republican strategist; Sherine El-Abd, Republican Party activist from Clifton; Aubrey Fenton, Burlington County Freeholder;Eric Jaso, Morris County attorney; and Susan Sheppard, Cape May County Freeholder. These 12 members, as required by the New Jersey State Constitution, selected John Farmer, Dean of the Rutgers-Newark Law School and Counsel to the U.S. 9-11 Commission, as the 13th member of the Committee. Had they failed to agree on the 13th member, they would have been directed to submit the names of the two highest vote getters to the N.J. Supreme Court which would have then had until August 15th to make the decision. Farmer, the son of Star-Ledger reporter and writer John Farmer, is unrelated to Ed, the other Farmer on the Committee.

The Commission, with a deadline of January 17, 2012, adopted a map on December 13, 2011. The map and more information about the Commission is at: www.njredistrictingcommission.org/.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The boundaries for State Legislative and U.S. Congressional seats are redrawn every 10 years, based on new figures from the latest U.S. Census to ensure that the population size for each district is close to identical. The process varies from state to state, and even within New Jersey, is different for state legislative districts and U.S. congressional districts. Each process is delineated in the New Jersey State Constitution.

Extensive additional information about redistricting processes in New Jersey and other states can be found in a paper commissioned by the Eagleton Institute, by Ben Brickner:
"Reading Between the Lines: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting, Their Reform in Iowa, Arizona and California, and Ideas for Change in New Jersey"
• Summary slides
• Complete paper
• Audio Recording of November 18, 2010 discussion at the Eagleton Institute
on "Drawing the Line: Redistricting in New Jersey"

Legislative Reapportionment in New Jersey 
by Donald E. Stokes, published by The Fund for New Jersey, 1991.

California Voter Foundation
The California Voter Foundation has links to a number of sites that provide general information and assistance on redistricting.  The State of California is initiating a new method for redistricting as the result of initiative and referendum.