A lawsuit brought by members of the Tea Party challenging the map adopted by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission last year has been shot down by an appellate court, which in a published opinion affirmed Judge Feinberg's trial decision.
The suit sought to overturn the legislative map adopted last year.
"The Commission Map in its current construction dilutes or nullifies the voice of the voters in the southern half of the state and in the state's two largest municipalities, Newark and Jersey City," Tea Party members who filed the suit said in a statement at the time.
The lawsuit claims the new map over-packed the southern half of the state. The suit also alleged illegal splits of Newark and Jersey City from three districts each to two. "These splits dilute the representation of these urban municipalities by reducing the number of elected legislators from 9 representatives to 6 in violation of New Jersey Supreme Court precedent," the statement from the Bayshore Tea Party said.
The complaint also alleged that New Jersey's unaffiliated voters, which total 45 percent of those registered to vote, were not represented in the process, which relies on members of the major parties to choose the commission members.
The new map was adopted last year as part of the decennial redistricting exercise, in which the state's 40 legislative districts are redrawn. Redistricting coincides each decade with the new census.
The map developed this year resulted in Democrats maintaining control of both houses of the Legislature. They kept all of their seats in the Senate and picked up one in the Assembly.
George Norcross III has become the majority owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com, according to published reports.Read More >
Martinez not interested in Christie-Martinez 2016 ticket, report saysNew Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wasn't interested in being considered a vice presidential contender in 2012, and the same could be said for 2016.At least, that's the word according to published reports that indicate the Republican executive wouldn't be interested in...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
“I want to be re-elected. I love my job.” - Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.