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  •  the incumbent protection racquet (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, billyleeblack16

    new jersey congressional distracts are all drawn with the protection of the incumbent the first priority. It is still a you scratch my back kinda state. the democratic party bosses ( and yes they are still here in the good old blue state of nj) control almost the whole process.

    •  Not exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, samddobermann

      Redistricting in NJ is done by a bipartisan committee made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats. What usually ends up happening is that both parties draw up the map they want and neither one passes the committee's vote.

      This past cycle a political science professor from Rutgers was agreed upon by both parties to break the tie. He would express his concerns with both maps and both parties would adjust their boundaries in accordance with his concerns. He'd then pick the map he felt was the fairest.

      in 2010 he chose the Democratic map for the state legislature and the Republican map for the House districts.

      So yeah, that's how redistricting happens in NJ.

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