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Supreme Court orders congressional redistricting briefs to be filed by January 21

By Joey Fox, January 12 2022 1:27 pm

As part of ongoing litigation over the state’s new congressional map, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered both parties today to submit briefs within the next week and a half.

The court ordered the Democratic delegation to submit a brief of no more than 15 pages by January 14 addressing the comments made yesterday by redistricting commission tiebreaker John Wallace, and the Republican delegation to submit an answering brief of no more than 60 pages by January 21.

Last month, Wallace chose the Democratic delegation’s map over the Republican submission because, in his words, “in the last redistricting map [in 2011] it was drawn by the Republicans.”

Soon afterwards, Republicans filed a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to affirm Wallace’s reasoning or order him to reconsider; the Court ultimately requested Wallace explain his choice further, which he did yesterday by saying the Democratic map “better satisfied the standards for partisan fairness.”

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