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New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Rabner wants to punt on tiebreaker, asks parties to find a consensus candidate

Democrats, Republicans deadlocked last week on congressional redistricting commission 13th member

By David Wildstein, July 20 2021 4:25 pm

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has asked Democrats and Republicans to try again to arrive at a consensus candidate as the tiebreaker for congressional redistricting so that the Supreme Court doesn’t have to make the decision.

In a letter sent by Rabner on Tuesday, the court asked that the commission “reconvene and recommend a single consensus choice from both parties.”

The two parties were unable to agree on a pick last week.  Democrats chose former Supreme Court Justice John Wallace and Republicans selected former Superior Court Judge Marina Corodemus.

“In the past, the Commission has shown great wisdom by following that path. Its venerable practice has served the public well,” Rabner said.  “A spirit of compromise and consensus will enhance that effort and elevate public confidence in the Commission’s work, as has been true in the past.”

The move would help the Supreme Court avoid having to be voters in a partisan election for tiebreaker.

Rabner asked for a response by July 30.

The Supreme Court has until August 10 to pick between the two top vote-getters, Wallace and Corodemus.

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