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New Jersey congressional districts carved up to emphasize balance between political parties

Local News | Mar 31, 2014

New Jersey congressional districts carved up to emphasize balance between political parties

The way New Jersey draws its congressional district maps makes it likely that the state’s House delegation will be divided nearly evenly.

That stands in contrast to most states where the party in charge of the state Legislature has the power, and a combination of gerrymandering and geography helped Republicans build an advantage in House seats by drawing new districts after the 2010 Census.

In New Jersey, the redistricting commission includes six Republicans and six Democrats plus a 13th member agreed to by both sides.

The result is a congressional delegation that has been divided nearly evenly for the past 30 years.

The state has six Republican congressmen and five Democrats. The only reason it’s not an even split is that one Democrat stepped down last month.

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