NJRLC releases redistricting map

Newark Examiner (NJ) - Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Author: Todd Porter
In a proposal that would scatter current 30th District Legislators to the four winds, the New Jersey Legislative Redistricting Coalition proposed a redistricting map that aims to increase minority representation in the NJ Legislature. Their version of the map would send both Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Plumsted) and Assemblyman Joe Malone (R-Borderntown) to separate districts, each predominantly in Burlington County. Senator Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) would be grouped with Lakewood, Jackson, Howell, Farmingdale, Lake Como and Wall. 

This would have a ripple effect through not only the current 30th District, but the current 11th and 12th Districts, as Senator Sean Kean (R-Wall) and Assemblyman Dave Rible of the current 11th district would be grouped with Singer. Current 11th District Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini would be moved to the current 12th District, represented by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank), Assemblywoman Caroline Cassagrande (R-Colts Neck) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). 


The chaos that this map inflicts on the 30th District is not carried over to Ocean County districts to the south. Districts 9 and 10 would remain relatively untouched, with the exception of two Atlantic County municipalities moving out of the 9th District. 

The Apportionment Commission is not required to consider this proposal, but it does accent the volatility that may exist in this process. The possiblity of Joe Malone being moved to another district has been a possibility for some time and some officials close to the process have conceded that Malone was a distinct possibility to be moved.