Both Democratic and Republicans members of the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission prefer to reduce the number of towns that are split between two or three districts, according to a report on NJ.com.
If they could find a way to reduce the number of two faced congressmen, that would be real progress.
Due to the one person one vote rule, each district must have 732,658 residents per the 2010 census, it is mathematically impossible to completely elminate fragmented towns. So says Bill Caster, the Democrats lawyer on the commission.
Linden and Jersey City have three congressmen. 35 municipalities are divided between two districts.
In Monmouth County, Manalapan, Marlboro and Middletown are each divided between the 6th district, currently represented by Frank Pallone, and the 12thdistrict, currently represented by Rush Holt, both Democrats.
Manalapan and Middletown are Republican towns. Marlboro usually votes Republican on the county, state and federal levels but has been taken over by the “LaHornicca” Democrats locally.
Manalapan has 9,060 registered voters in the 6th district; 15,787 in the 12th. Marlboro has 9,148 registered voters in the 6th; 15,957 in the 12th. Middletown has 21,725 in the 6th and 22,264 in the 12th.
A Republican challenger to either Pallone or Holt would theoretically benefit by each of these towns landing in only one district. A competitive district could emerge if all three towns were united and placed into the same district. If that happens, maybe Anna Little will give up her U.S. Senate bid and run for Congress again.
Former State Attorney General John Farmer, the redistricting commission’s chairman and tie breaking vote, has said he would like the commission to complete its work today. By law, the new map must be completed by January 17th.