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Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).

Payne backs redistricting extension

By David Wildstein, July 13 2020 1:55 pm

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would retain the 2011 legislative map for the 2021 State Senate and Assembly election, if the U.S. Census doesn’t certify new state population data by February 15 of the election year.

“Every state needs to conduct their redistricting fairly and effectively.  It is unfair to expect any state to be able to draft reliable districts when the coronavirus has disrupted the Census count on which it is based,” said Payne. “I am pleased to see my friend, Assemblyman John McKeon, introduce this resolution to allow New Jersey the time it needs to redistrict accurately and hope it passes the State Assembly soon.”

The extension would allow Senate and Assembly Democrat retain a map that would likely protect the size of their majorities.

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has called the move a “power grab” by Democrats.

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