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Maps: Senators who have Senators as neighbors

Redistricting offers a challenge when two or more Senators live near each other

By Ben Kestenbaum, June 12 2019 10:05 am

As New Jersey prepares for the 2020 Census and legislative redistricting in 2021, it’s helpful to see the proximity of where State Senators live.

Mapmakers will likely take the residences of incumbents into account as they draw a new map for the ’21 Senate and Assembly races.  A multitude of Senators live in close geographic proximity to each other, which often offers obstacles to drawing districts that are compact, consider continuity of service, and the preservation of communities of interest.

In five cases, two senators live in adjoining communities: James Beach (D-Voorhees) and Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham); Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) and James Holzapfel (R-Toms River), Bob Smith (D-Piscataway) and Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield);  Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville); and Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and Brian Stack (D-Union City).  Two senators, Ronald Rice and Teresa Ruiz, live in Newark.

In some places, three senators reside within close proximity of each other.

While New Jersey has a one-year residency requirement for legislators to live in their districts, the courts have offered a exemption of sorts every decade that would allow a legislator to move into another district in the year that new maps come out.

Map by Ben Kestenbaum
Map by Ben Kestenbaum
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