HCDO Chair DeGise: Redistricting ‘goes against the progressive values of our party’

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Add Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise to the growing list of officials coming out against a proposed legislative redistricting bill, exclaiming that it “goes against the progressive values of our party.”

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“This is an undemocratic amendment that goes against the progressive values of our party. The process as it is now has resulted in increased representation for minorities in this legislature and we should be working to increase that representation,” DeGise said in a statement.

“I am thankful that Governor Murphy, Senator Sacco and Senator Stack have each taken a public stand against this proposal and I hope my fellow County Chairs and all Democrats can come together to defeat it. If our party stoops to the level of gerrymandering seen in other parts of the country we are no better than the Republicans we rightfully call out for engaging in that disgraceful practice.”

Sacco and Stack, in a rare joint statement, came out against the bill – which is being pushed by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) – this morning.

Sweeney would need 21 of the 25 Democratic state senators to vote in favor of the bill for it to clear the upper house, but it looks like that number is anything but a sure thing at the moment.