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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. (Photo: New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen).

Way certifies Matos replacement of Sweeney on redistricting

By David Wildstein, January 26 2022 12:15 pm

Acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way today certified the appointment of Laura Matos as a member of the New Jersey Apportionment Commission.

Matos was named to the commission this morning by Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. to replace former Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Today, in my capacity as State Party chair, I am removing Stephen Sweeney as a Commission member,” Jones wrote in his letter to Way.  “To fill this vacancy, after due consideration to geographic representation, I submit Laura Matos of Belmar to you for certification as a Commissioner consistent with Article III of the Apportionment Commission’s bylaws.”

This removes Sweeney from the legislative redistricting process a little more than a month
Jones told Way that the State Constitution and by-laws adopted by the Apportionment Commission gave him the authority to make the decision.

“The chair’s authority is plenary, provided that “[e]ach State chairman, in making such appointments, shall give due consideration to the representation of the various geographical areas of the State,” Jones told Way.

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