Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) will be a constituent of Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark), at least for a little while.
Sherrill is moving from a rental home in New Jersey’s 11th district back to her home in Payne’s 10th district until her family can find a new place to live.
“For over a year, I have worked to permanently move my family across town into the district. I put our home up for sale and signed a one-year lease agreement with every belief it would sell within that time,” Sherill said in a tweet earlier today. “Our lease has expired, and the owners have now decided to sell. I am temporarily moving my family back into our house, which remains for sale, until we find a residence in the district.”
There is no legal requirement for Sherrill to live within the boundaries of her congressional district. After a new map gave his hometown to another congressman in 1982, Rep. Matthew Rinaldo (R-Union) lived outside his district for two years until a federal appellate court ordered a new map. During that time, Rinaldo’s district office was in Rep. Jim Courter’s district.
After congressional redistricting in 2012, Montclair was split between the two districts. Sherrill’s home is about one mile away from the line.
Sherrill originally listed her home for sale in October 2017 and moved into a rental last winter to obviate criticism on her residency.
The carpetbagger issue has not played well in recent New Jersey elections.
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) attacked Democrat Tom Malinowski for moving to the 7th district to run for Congress. Malinowski grew up in Princeton, which adjoins the district.
“I live where I’ve always lived. In Hunterdon County, in Clinton Township, where my family has lived since 1740,” Lance told Roll Call last October.
The Lance family arrived from Germany aboard the Thistle on October 28, 1738. Like many other immigrants, the Lance’s lived in Newark for a little while after that.