By Art Gallagher
Senator Sean Kean could have a bigger problem than Dan Jacobson in his quest for renomination to the State Senate.
According to a report on Politickernj the proposed legislative map favored by the Democrats on the redistricting commission puts Kean of Wall Township in the same district as Senator Robert Singer of Lakewood.
Without knowing the composition of the entire proposed district assessing each senator’s prospects in a head to head primary would be purely speculative. However Singer would start with a decided advantage based upon the size of the two senators’ home towns. Lakewood has 12,636 registered Republicans. 3813 Lakewood Republicans voted in the 2009 primary and 873 voted in the 2007 primary. Wall has 6,171 Republicans. 2507 voted in the 2009 primary, 457 in 2007.
Neither Kean nor Singer are favorites of Governor Christie. Kean was uninvited from Christie’s Monmouth County press conference after the December blizzard. Until recently, Singer was a “double dipper,” serving both in the Senate and on the Lakewood Township Committee.
As the horse trading escalates in New Brunswick through Sunday, trading Kean or Singer for a more competive district elsewhere in the state, perhaps moving Atlantic City into an Ocean County dominated district, thereby putting Senator Jim Whelan’s Democratic seat at risk could be considered a good trade by the Christie loyalists on the commission.
Politickernj and The Star Ledger have both reported that the final map will be adopted on Sunday at noon.