A judge has upheld ward redistricting in Jersey City, dismissing a challenge to the new map filed by City Councilman Frank Gilmore and more than a dozen community organizations.
Judge Joseph A Turula rejected a bid to invalidate a map that redrew Jersey City’s six wards to make reflect population changes after the 2020 U.S. Census.
“Today the court made it clear that the ward map is unquestionably fair, despite attempts from the usual naysayers with their baseless lawsuits that recklessly tried to mislead the public and cause rifts in our community,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “The judge carefully considered and dismissed all of the plaintiff’s arguments, which is a good outcome for residents as we can all now continue focusing on the important work of moving all of Jersey City forward.”
Gilmore and the other plaintiffs maintained that the map was gerrymandered, splitting the city’s Black majority Lafayette neighborhood and moving a large number of Downtown Ward E residents into the Greenville Ward A.
Opponents of the new map had sharply criticized the transparency of the redistricting process.
The map goes into effect for the 2025 city council elections, unless objectors file a federal court challenge to the current map, which reflects 2012 census tallies.