GOP leaders tell Dems to pull redistricting amendment

Republican legislative leaders are calling on Democrats to pull the constitutional amendment on redistricting after hours of testimony in two hearings on the matter yesterday saw no witnesses other than the measure’s sponsors testifying in favor. “It would be an act of utter hubris for the Democratic majorities to forge ahead with the constitutional amendment in defiance of such clear public opposition,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. “They should

Full text of Kean statement on redistricting

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. testified today in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way New Jersey draws legislative districts after the 2020 census: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak. I am here to express my strong opposition to SCR-43, SCR-152, and ACR-205. The constitutional amendment that’s before us today is undemocratic. It’s a shameless stunt and a

A Tom Kean ‘what-if’

This is one of those alternate universe stories about what might have been, had the things went a little differently in Trenton. In a redistricting deal made by the leaders of the New Jersey Legislature in 1966, one of three Essex County congressional seats was eliminated and shifted to South Jersey.   That precluded the possibility of Tom Kean, then age 31, going to Congress as part of a freshman class