The New Jersey Apportionment Commission that is redrawing the state’s 40 legislative districts has added another public hearing for Friday morning after nearly 150 people signed up to speak on maps proposed by both parties on Monday.
The panel has pushed up the start time of tomorrow’s hearing by two hours, from 6 PM to 4 PM to accommodate what they called an “overwhelming number of registrations.”
An “overflow session” is now set for 10 AM on Friday.
Former Gov. Richard J. Codey is among the group who has signed up to address the commission. Maps submitted by Democrats and Republicans that remove parts of Morris County represented by Codey for the last decade and replacing them with Irvington and Hillside.
Former Appellate Court Judge Philip Carchman required both parties to release their maps publicly but agreed not to publicly identify the author of each map.
The hearings come despite a major Internet outage that shut down the Apportionment Commission and legislative websites for much of Tuesday. As a result, some members of the public were unable to sign up before the registration cutoff or view the maps.