On Friday, February 18, the New Jersey Apportionment Commission adopted a legislative map for the next decade with a 9-2 vote with Commissioners Cirillo and Kean voting no. This is the first time since the establishment of the Apportionment Commission where the chief justice-appointed tie-breaker did not have to choose one map over the other.
Among the highlights of the adopted map:
- Jersey City is split between districts 31 and 32.
- Newark is split between districts 28 and 29.
- Two districts combined municipalities that currently have incumbent Senators in the same district. Senator Nick Sacco of North Bergen and Senator Brian Stack of Union City are both now in Legislative District 33 Senator Nia Gill of Montclair and Senator Richard Codey of Roseland are now both in Legislative District 27.
- Assemblymembers Christian Barranco, Brian Bergen, Ralph Caputo, Tom Giblin, and Mila Jasey, were placed in districts where they will represent new, albeit neighboring, municipalities. District numbers 32 and 33 were switched for numerical continuity, affecting Assemblymembers Annette Chaparro, Angelica Jimenez, Pedro Mejia, and Raj Mukherji.
Full map data can be viewed and downloaded at the Apportionment Commission’s website page.
Public reports indicate that the Democrats believe they will maintain the legislative majority and Republicans believe the map is competitive and gives them the ability to take the majority should favorable circumstances arise. The new map takes effect with the 2023 election year.
Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-695-3481, x110.