By Art Gallagher
As most experts have expected, New Jersey will lose one representative in the House of Representatives as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census. In 2012 New Jersey will elect 12 Members of Congress. Currently NJ has 13 Member of Congress.
As of April 1, 2010 the U.S. population was 308,745,538 people, according to the Census, an increase of 9.7% over the 2000 Census. New Jersey’s population increased 4.5% over the decade from 8.4 million to 8.8 million people. The average population of congressional districts is targeted to be 710,767 people.
A total of 12 seats will shift among 18 states. In addition to New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania will lose seats. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Utah will gain seats.