TRENTON – Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced the appointment of Alan Rosenthal as the 11th member of the Apportionment Commission on Thursday.
New Jersey public officials are currently in the midst of re-drawing the lines of the state’s 40 legislative districts. The process must be undertaken at the beginning of each decade to account for population changes that occur during the previous decade within the geographic boundaries of the state to make sure that all residents receive equal democratic representation.
Because of a shift in population that saw the population of New Jersey’s northern counties shrink as its southern ones grew, the change in the legislative map is likely to be significant. The original ten-member commission was made up of an equal split of Republicans and Democrats, but they couldn’t reach a consensus on a new legislative map.
The new districts will be used in the June 7 Democratic and Republican primary elections, when all 120 legislators are on the ballot.
Rosenthal is a professor of public policy and political science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He served as director of the Institute from 1974-1994.
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