State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Branchburg) is committed to running for re-election without having seen what his district will look like in 2021, though he said he’d like to see his district turn a little less blue after the lines are redrawn.
“I am a moderate, and I think I know my district well, but some districts are more evenly balanced,” he said. “I’d like to see some more balance.”
Bateman, who is already raising money for his re-election bid, represents one of three legislative districts with split representation, and one of only two districts that elected members of different parties.
The eighth legislative district has Republican Assembly members and Democrat in the Senate, but State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) was elected as a Republican and switched her party affiliation last year.
The sixteenth district, which Bateman represents, was more solidly-Republican before its lines were redrawn in 2011.
In its current form, the district includes Democratic strongholds like Princeton and South Brunswick.
At the end of December, 2019, there were roughly 17,000 more Democrats in the 16th than there were Republicans.
Bateman said he doesn’t expect new lines to give him an easy district, but he hopes they bring that number down somewhat.
“No matter what, it’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’m hoping that the registrations are a little bit closer than 15,000, because most districts are supposed to be pretty even,” he said. “Right now, mine’s not. Mine’s very blue, and I think it needs to become a little bit redder.”