Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling for a new congressional map after learning that a Princeton University professor who played a key role advising the tiebreaker is under investigation for research misconduct and creating a toxic work environment.
“New Jersey’s congressional map is a Democratic gerrymander inspired and endorsed by Sam Wang. New Jersey deserves better,” said Christie in a statement released by the National Republican Redistricting Trust. “The Supreme Court should order a new map be created now.”
Christie co-chairs the NRRT.
Wang, a neuroscience professor who heads the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, is the target of an internal investigation at Princeton University after present and former employees complained that he manipulated data and abused his staff.
Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) said he was disturbed by the allegations against Wang.
“Princeton Gerrymandering Project has served in positions of trust as a supposedly unbiased advisor in redistricting processes in New Jersey and elsewhere. Unfortunately, it appears that trust may not have been deserved,” Oroho said. “I’m glad to learn that Princeton University is investigating the concerns that we and others have raised to help us understand the full extent of the problem.”
Oroho and Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown) wrote to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber in January about reports that Princeton Gerrymandering Group staffers gave some intelligence to Democrats that helped them enhance their proposal.
But Eisgruber staffed out a two-sentence response: “Thank you for your letter of January 28, 2022. The matter will be addressed in accordance with University policy.”