Assembly members in the 15th legislative district urged the state to delay its reapportionment until the state receives data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
“If we don’t extend the redistricting deadline to coincide with new Census data, it will impact residents and their representation for the next ten years,” Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) said. “There was no way to foresee coronavirus hitting our country now nor the impact it has had on our communities.”
It’s not clear if the two lawmakers are supporting a constitutional amendment that would delay the state’s legislative redistricting until 2022.
New Jersey’s census data is expected to be certified by June 17 of next year. If voters reject the amendment in November, next year’s primaries would likely be held in September using the newly-drawn districts.
“Trenton, being one of the cities that can fall into a hard-to-count area and seeing new growth in its culturally diverse population, needs to see those final Census numbers. All of its residents deserve to be counted and deserves the time to do so,” Verrelli and Reynolds-Jackson said. “Currently, at a 42 percent response rate compared to the 64 percent statewide, as the Capital City, it is the best interest of the state to wait for Census data before we begin the redistricting process.”