Former Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace, Jr., the tiebreaker for the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission, has gone home for the evening and two days have now passed without Democrats and Republicans sharing their submissions for new districts with each other.
The 13-member panel – six Democrats, six Republicans and Wallace – gathered at a hotel in Cherry Hill on Wednesday morning for what was expected to be a marathon negotiation session in a bid to redraw the state’s twelve House districts before Christmas.
Wallace has provided feedback to both parties – each side had two separate meetings with him today – but neither is aware of what the other side’s proposed map looks like.
Hotel rooms are booked through the weekend, although Wallace, the New Jersey Globe has leaned, has not yet said if he planned to hold meetings on Saturday and Sunday.
The deadline to finish the congressional map is January 18.