New Congress Card, ‘Major Disappointment:’ Chester Councilman


CHESTER, NJ — Fewer competitive districts, more divided cities, and a map that doesn’t fit New Jersey’s political leanings, are some of the criticisms a Chester Township councilor has leveled at the new map of Congress redistributed from the state.

The map, which was passed by the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission on Wednesday, replaced the Democratic Party’s proposed map for 2022-31 over the Republican map, according to a report by Patch.

View the map online here.

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“If you like competitive elections and responsive legislators, New Jersey’s new congressional map is a big disappointment,” Chester Republican Councilman Michael Inganamort wrote in a statement he emailed Patch.

Find out what’s going on in Mendham-Chesterwith free real-time Patch updates.

“More cities are divided, more counties are divided, fewer districts are competitive, and more independent voters are disenfranchised,” he continued, sentiments he echoed in a Facebook post on the subject.

He called the map “out of sync with New Jersey’s political trend and represents a step backwards for electoral competition.”

On Twitter, Inganamort shared a statement about former NJ Supreme Court Justice John Wallace who allegedly said now was the time for the Democratic Party card to be chosen as the Republican card was chosen in 2011. .

“With so much at stake and so many valid criteria to consider, Judge Wallace’s statement that he chose the Democrats card because ‘it was their turn’ represents a serious dereliction of duty,” also wrote. Ingana died at Patch.

While Chester remains intact with Congressional District 7, Inganamort tweeted that the map divides Mendham Township between polling districts 11 and 7, calling it “a huge headache on Election Day when voters in the districts must use separate machines”.

The Fair Districts New Jersey coalition also expressed some concern about the approved map, saying that while the commission appears to be heeding comments from “racial equity” advocates, more details are urgently needed.

“We are also deeply disappointed with the lack of transparency during this process,” the coalition wrote.

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice tweeted similar sentiments:

Maps and multi-district municipal data are expected to be posted online in the coming days before being filed with the Secretary of State by Jan. 18, 2022, the commission said. Learn more about the process – and purpose – of redistricting here.

Potentially, the 10-2 Democrat majority in the New Jersey delegation should narrow to 9-3 under the new map, Politico reported.

Three of the state’s four potentially endangered Democratic incumbents could have safer districts to run next November: Rep. Andy Kim (District 3), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (District 5), and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (District 11) , NJ.com says, but Rep. Tom Malinowski (District 7) could face a tougher challenge in a district that will turn more Republican-friendly, the outlet also reported.

Malinowski tweeted on Thursday that “the recutting gods didn’t make it easy for us,” but that he “only ever won tough races and my likely opponent never lost them.”

According to Ballotpedia, Malinowski prevailed over Republican Tom Kean Jr. in 2020, 50.6 to 49.4 percent, with Malinowski winning 219,629 votes to Kean’s 214,318.

John Isemann, 27, a Republican from Long Valley and a graduate of West Morris Central High School, announced like Kean that he plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge Malinowski in 2022. Both Kean and Isemann are focused on their full-time Republican campaigns. .

RELATED: Long Valley resident puts a hat on the ring for Malinowski’s seat

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According to the Fair Districts New Jersey coalition, the new map:

• Put Morristown and Dover in the same neighborhood
• Put Neptune, Neptune City and Asbury Park in the same neighborhood
• Keep South Orange and Maplewood together in the same neighborhood
• Keep Camden and Pennsauken in the same neighborhood

“While we are encouraged that the commission has clearly incorporated input from some community members, unfortunately the map does not do enough to ensure that all New Jersey communities will be fairly represented,” members of the the coalition in a joint statement.

This story contains reporting by Eric Kiefer

Questions or comments about this story? Got a local news tip? Contact me at: jennifer.miller@patch.com

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