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New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sweeney calls legislative deal map ‘political malpractice’

By David Wildstein, February 18 2022 2:07 pm

Former Senate President Steve Sweeney today slammed the Democratic members on the Apportionment Commission for agreeing to a deal map, saying that they have “committed nothing short of political malpractice.”

“A decade ago, with Democrats in New Jersey out-numbering Republicans by just over 300,000 people, we were able to construct a map that provided the possibility of 27 Democratic districts,” Sweeney said in a statement that calls out Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr.  “Now, with over one million more Democrats, this Commission is agreeing to a map that will pit four incumbent Democratic senators into two districts.”

Sweeney was ejected from the map-drawing commission by Jones last month.

“It is now clear to me that I was removed from the committee because it was known I would never allow this to happen; it is frightening to see what is occurring before us,” he said.

The result of the four incumbents being merged into two districts will be two more Democrats to fill open seats.

The new map, which will run from the 2023 election through the remainder of the decade, helps Republicans hold on to at least four South Jersey districts they flipped in 2019 and 2021 and gives the  GOP a shot at winning in the 4th legislative district for the first time since 2001.

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