This year’s legislative district changes change the political landscape in northwest New Jersey, with the towns of Morris, Sussex and surrounding counties moving to new districts in a year when all 120 seats in the Legislature and Senate are active Did.
Last year, after the bipartisan Redistricting Commission rewrote the legislative map, half the towns of Morris County moved and two local legislators swapped districts. gave hope that they could regain control of Congress from the Democrats.
This makes it important to know which district your town belongs to and who represents it in Trenton. moved to one of five new districts across
See who’s moving where and how New Jersey politics will be rocked.
Enacted once every ten years after states receive updated data from the U.S. Census, redistricting is the process of redrawing legislative lines. According to the state quota commission, this is done “to ensure that each person is equally represented in a democracy by creating districts that are as equally populated as possible.”
The commission said on its website that the new legislative map was “designed to achieve the principle of ‘one person, one vote'”.
The state constitution sets out the process to be followed by a 10-member commission, five of whom are appointed by the state presidents of the two largest political parties.
In particular, after Harding and Madison moved to the 25th Ward, Chatham Township moved to the 21st Ward, and Florham Park, Hanover, and East Hanover moved to the 26th Ward, the 27th Ward no longer covers Morris County. With Riverdale moving to the 26th Ward, Morris County is no longer part of the 40th Ward.
With the 27th District and its Democrats out of the picture, all of Morris County is represented by Trenton Republicans.
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Morris County is still dominated by Districts 25 (18 of 19 towns) and 26th (12 of 15 towns), but the reorganization has made Chester, Chester Township, Netcon, Roxbury, and Washington Districts into Districts. Moved to District 24. Most of Warren and all of Sussex County.
Other Morris municipalities placed in separate districts this year are Boonton, Butler, Denville, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Mountain Lakes and Rockaway Township.
Representative: State Senator: John Bramnick (Republican); Assembly: Michele Mazzikoudis (Right), Nancy Munoz (Right)
town: Chatham, Chatham Township, Long Hill, Morris County. Middlesex Danellen and Middlesex. Berners of Somerset, Bernersville, Far Hills, Greenbrook, Peapack and Gladstone, Warren and Watchung. Union Berkeley Heights, Garwood, Mountainside, New He Providence, Springfield, Summit, Westfield.
Representative: Senator: Steve Orojo (Republican); Assembly: Parker Space (R), Hal Worth (R)
town: Morris County Chester, Chester Township, Mount Olive, Netcon, Roxbury, Washington. Andover Borough, Andover Township, Branchville, Byram, Frankford, Franklin, Freddon, Greene, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardiston, Hopatcon, Lafayette, Montague, Newton, Ogdensburg, Sandiston, Sparta, Stanhope, Stillwater, Sussex, Vernon, Wolpack and Wantage Sussex counties; Alamcy and Independence in Warren counties.
Representative: Senator: Anthony Bucco (Republican); Assembly: Christian Barranco (right), Orla Dunn (right)
town: Boonton Township, Butler, Dover, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Morris, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Randolph, Rockaway, Rockaway Township, Victory Gardens, Wharton in Morris County . West Milford, Passaic County.
Representative: Senator Joe Penacchio (R); Build: Brian Bergen (R), Jay Weber (R)
town: Boonton, Denville, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, Mountain Lakes, Parsippany Troy Hills, Pecannock, Riverdale in Morris County. Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood and Passaic Wannuk.
What else has changed?
Morris’ redrawn line also dictated changes to the Morris County Council scorecard. He will switch seats with Rep. Christian Barranco, a Jefferson resident who currently holds his 25 seat in Bergen.
who is running?
Bergen has confirmed that he will run for re-election alongside Penacchio and Webber in the GOP primaries in June.
Bucco said on Friday that he would run for re-election alongside Barranco and Dunn. Christine Clarke, who lost to Bucco in 2020, is back in the race on the Democratic side.
Former District 26 Rep. Betty Lou de Claus, who lost to Barranco in the 2020 Republican primary, has announced her intention to run to reclaim her former seat. DeCroce is a Parsippany resident who was appointed town administrator of Dover last year.
District 24 will be the new representatives following the announced retirements of Space and Wirts. Several potential candidates have expressed interest in running for the Republican primary, including Roxbury business owner Enrico Fioranelli. So does Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia. Orojo announced his candidacy for re-election on Friday.
Morris County could also produce a Republican candidate on the 24th when it’s redrawn. Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamott spoke Friday about the rumors of his candidacy.
“There’s a lot to think about here, and that’s exactly what I do on the weekends,” Inganamort said.
New Jersey will hold its primary election on June 6th. Candidates must submit their nomination petitions by March 27th.
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