Codey opposes redistricting amendment

State Sen. Dick Codey will oppose the constitutional amendment on redistricting being pushed by Democratic leaders in the legislature. “I cannot in good conscious support SCR-152.  This bill would make our commission less independent.  Efforts to change our redistricting process began a few years ago, and I feel this plan moves us backward, not forward from that proposal,” Codey said. “I believe there are some parts of the plan that

GOP leaders tell Dems to pull redistricting amendment

Republican legislative leaders are calling on Democrats to pull the constitutional amendment on redistricting after hours of testimony in two hearings on the matter yesterday saw no witnesses other than the measure’s sponsors testifying in favor. “It would be an act of utter hubris for the Democratic majorities to forge ahead with the constitutional amendment in defiance of such clear public opposition,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. “They should

Dem legislators see no allies at redistricting hearings

Democratic members of the legislature were the only ones to speak in favor of a constitutional amendment that would change the state’s redistricting process at simultaneous public hearings before Senate and Assembly committees Thursday. The rest of the testimony, which took about two-and-a-half hours, was given by individuals and groups opposed to the amendment. The vast majority of those groups were liberal ones traditionally aligned with Democratic policies. “I guess

Full text of Kean statement on redistricting

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. testified today in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way New Jersey draws legislative districts after the 2020 census: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak. I am here to express my strong opposition to SCR-43, SCR-152, and ACR-205. The constitutional amendment that’s before us today is undemocratic. It’s a shameless stunt and a