Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark), whose district was one of several Essex County districts that was significantly redrawn during this year’s legislative reapportionment process, expressed her strong disapproval of the new map today.
“I think they made a terrible mistake,” Tucker said in the halls of the statehouse. She did not say what her own plans are in 2023, when she would be up for re-election.
Alongside Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley), and with the support of then-Mayor Cory Booker, Tucker was first elected in 2007 after ousting two incumbent Democrats in the primary election. Tucker is now 79, making her among the oldest members of the legislature.
The new 28th district, drawn by a bipartisan coalition on the Legislative Apportionment Commission in February, was redrawn less drastically than some other Essex County districts, and it retains Tucker’s home base of Newark. But some significant changes were still made, notably putting Caputo’s home of Nutley into the 34th district and moving Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-South Orange) into the district in his place.
Caputo has previously said he intends to seek re-election in the 34th district, where Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) is considered the frontrunner for the Senate seat currently held by State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair), who was put into the 27th district.