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Legislative redistricting (updated)

Posted by edison1205 on April 2, 2011


Round 1 of the legislative redistricting process is now complete.  Now we wait to see whether the Republicans, Tea Partiers, minority voting coalitions, or others, will sue to invalidate the map.

Assuming the map holds, it will not have a substantial impact on Edison, which is in the 18th Legislative District (now represented by Barbara Buono, Peter Barnes III and Patrick Diegnan).  The 18th will remain as-is, except it will lose  Spotswood and gain Highland Park.

This decision avoids the absolute mess that an earlier version of the map had proposed: merging Edison and Woodbridge, and leaving Buono to face Joseph Vitale in a Senate primary.

On the other hand, this shift makes the district slightly more progressive, which is good for Buono but which may make things more difficult for the pro-life Peter Barnes.

Interestingly, Highland Park was formed out of Raritan Township (as Edison was then known) in 1905.  With this new map, Edison and Highland Park will again have a political connection.

We won’t know until April 11 whether there will be any partisan challengers to the Buono-Barnes-Diegnan team.  That’s the day nominating petitions are due for Democrats and Republicans seeking seats in the Legislature (and all other county and local offices, for that matter).  Independents who want to make a run for the seat have until June 7, the day of the primary election, to file petitions.

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One Response to “Legislative redistricting (updated)”

  1. Louis Joshua Koch said

    I wish someone would inform me as to whether the Borough of Tenafly in Bergen County, New Jersey will remain in the 37th Legislative District or be shuffled back into the very politically different 39th District. As a longtime voter, taxpayer, resident of Tenafly, we have undergone a transformation from heavily Republican suburb to solidly affluent socially liberal politics. Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) is much more in keeping with the attitudes of Tenafly’s residents and voters, as opposed to staunch conservative Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-39). I am crossing my fingers as one who is more often than not to the left side of things politically, that TENAFLY REMAIN no matter what in the solidly Democratic and liberal Bergen County NJ Legis. Dist. #37 (Sen. Weinberg, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D), Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle (D)). If anyone has a heads up as to this news (a yes or no answer would suffice), please e-mail me.

    Sincerely,

    Louis Joshua Koch
    Tenafly, N.J.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

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