Public Service Announcement
With the nominating season coming up for New Jersey’s political parties, Boards of Elections and party leaders should be aware that New Jersey lost a seat in congress due to the 2010 census that indicated that our population growth was slower than other states. As a result, a new map of congressional districts was approved last December.
One might think that Boards of Election and party leaders would be aware of this already. Not necessarily.
Peter Carroll, a Republican County Committee member from Middlesex Boro in Middlesex County keeps on top of these things. When meeting with his Municipal Chair, Mike Hompesch, to complete his registration form for the county nominating convention coming up on March 24, Carroll indicated on the form that he lives in the 12th congressional district. “Are you sure?” Carroll reports that Hompesch asked, “all the information from the county says Middlesex Boro is in the 6th district.”
After some back and forth with the Middlesex County GOP, Carroll called the Middlesex County Board of Elections this morning. “Middlesex Boro is in the 6th congressional district,” the nice lady on the phone told Carroll. “But what about the new map?” Carroll asked. After a brief hold, the nice lady came back on the phone and told Carroll that he was right and the Board of Elections had not updated their computers yet.
Carroll reports that he has heard from Middlesex GOP Vice Chair Sylvia Engel that the correction has been made for the March 24 GOP convention.
County Chairs of both parties, and Boards of Elections from all counties should take note. The new congressional map can be found here.
This has been a public service announcement from MoreMonmouthMusings.