Sacco, Stack say legislative redistricting bill would ‘create an imbalance of power’

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State Senators Nick Sacco (D-32) and Brian Stack (D-33) have come out against a proposed legislative redistricting bill, claiming it would “create an imbalance of power” in North Jersey.

State Senator Stack, County Executive Tom DeGise and State Senator Nick Sacco at an event endorsing DeGise for re-election in May 2014.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“This proposal would create an imbalance of power with representation of North Jersey counties being diluted in the legislature, and given that our region is continuing to grow and propel the state’s economy forward that outcome would be fundamentally unfair,” Sacco said in a joint statement.

“I agree with Governor Murphy that this plan should not be advanced and we should instead focus on legislative priorities that the people of New Jersey want to see move forward.”

While Sacco siding with Murphy on this issue is fairly expected, Stack often supports state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) – who is in favor of the redistricting plan and often at odds with Murphy politically.

“I have a great deal of respect for Senate President Steve Sweeney, but I cannot agree with him on this redistricting proposal,” added Stack.

“The existing redistricting system has resulted in the largest Democratic majorities in recent history and increasing representation for Hispanic residents and other minority communities in the legislature. I fear that the proposed changes would reverse that progress at a time when we should be working to make our legislature more diverse and responsive to the needs of the people we serve.”

Hudson’s third state Senator, Sandra Cunningham (D-31), is one of Sweeney’s closest allies in the north so she is expected to vote yes, though she has not publicly taken a position on the matter as of this morning.