The Hudson County Republican Party is calling on voters not to delay legislative redistricting until 2023, calling the Democratic plan “a moment of political chutzpah” to “extend their gerrymander.”
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“In a moment of political chutzpah that will deny the voters and particularly minority groups proper representation, the New Jersey Democrats voted to extend their gerrymander for another 2 years,” the county GOP said in a statement.
“While Democrats claim they will not get Census figures in time because of the COVID-19 delays, even liberal groups have shown there is a timeline for an effective and fair redistricting in 2021. Moreover, if the delay is implemented, cities like Jersey City might have seats that are as much as 25% out of whack in population for over half a decade.”
A Democratic-sponsored constitutional amendment would delay legislative redistricting until 2023, instead of 2021, if 2020 U.S. Census Bureau figures aren’t certified by February 15th – pending referendum approval by voters.
“It’s bad enough that we usually get at least 45 percent of the vote but 35 percent of the seats. Now they want it this way for two more years. Meanwhile their party machine keeps doddering white guys in office in certain districts where minorities could win. How is this progressive?,” exclaimed Hudson County GOP Chair Jose Arango.
“There’s one guy in Jersey City who has 51,000 constituents now and another who has 40,000. This violates one man-one vote. Yet the Democrats have no answer how to fix this under this proposal.”
The Jersey City municipal elections are scheduled for November 2021 and a late redistricting could shorten the four-year terms for certain council members, as New Jersey Globe reported.
Ideally, the Hudson GOP would like both parties to agree on appointing a tie-breaker early in the process, to expedite a fair redistricting once Census numbers are received and so voters can vote in new, better districts next November.