Dems submit map that would pit Steve Rothman against Scott Garrett

The Republican, elected to Congress in 2003, is one of the most vexing in an already right-leaning House of Representatives; a wingnut the tea party loves to love. The Democrat, who went to Congress in 1997, came out early for Barack Obama when nearly the entire NJ Democratic establishment was pushing Hillary Clinton, and became the president’s Northeast Regional co-Chair.

Now, the Democratic members of NJ’s congressional redistricting commission have submitted a final map that pits Scott Garrett (NJ-5) against Steve Rothman (NJ-9) in one competitive district, as reported in this morning.

John Farmer, Jr. the former New Jersey Attorney General and current Rutgers-Newark Law School Dean, now is empowered to decide between proposals from the Democratic and Republican teams, six members each. What the GOP proposes is still unclear.

New Jersey’s population loss loses us one seat in the House, and the Democrats’ plan focuses on the north, the region that has seen the greatest shifts. The NJ congressional delegation as it stands now is 7 Democrats, 6 Republicans. The Democrats’ map would create 6 safe districts for Democrats, 5 for Republicans and the competitive district one both parties – and perhaps two incumbent congressmen – would have to battle for.

Comments (9)

  1. huntsu

    2000 Census: 8,414,350

    2010 Census: 8,791,894

    377,544 more people.

  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    I didn’t say that well. Other states in the West and South increased population, we didn’t keep pace with that. Not a population drop statewide.

    In my defense, I’m still recovering from a crazy birthday in the rain in NYC. And huntsu’s point is correct.

  3. Bertin Lefkovic

    Reading the comments in PolitickerNJ ever since it was first mentioned that Garrett could find himself in a “fair fight” district, I think that there is sufficient anger amongst the teabagging wingnuts statewide to convince Garrett that his chances against Joe Kyrillos in a Republican primary election and Bob Menendez in a general election would be no worse than they would be against a Bergen-based primary challenger and Steve Rothman, even in a Bergen-centric district that will lean Republican.

    The big question mark will be whether or not the teabagging wingnuts will be able to convince Anna Little to drop out of the race and take on Frank Pallone instead.  I predict that they will succeed in doing this by arguing that Little would be able to run against Frank Lautenberg in 2014 in a much lower turnout election cycle and have a much better chance of winning a primary election with the support of a united TPM that will be appreciative of her selflessness in stepping aside for Garrett.

  4. deciminyan

    Here’s my interview with Dean John Farmer at the start of the process. It’s rare for a government panel to come in ahead of schedule, but he did it.

    I can’t wait for the Tea Party to say that Garrett is too liberal for them. It will happen.

  5. carolh

    Could I get the most amazing thing I have wanted for Christmas for the past oh (how long has Scott Garrett been in Congress?)  that many years?  Could I actually get the Congressman who really represents me??  Really truly?  Where I won’t be in such a gerrymandered district that includes all the rural farmland and forest of the north?  OMG a real actual competitive Congress race? So unbelievable I dared not hope for years.  Please oh pretty please?  I am so sick of suffering from Congressman envy.  To not only get rid of Garrett but to actually possibly get Rothman as a Congressman instead?  Wow.  This could be the best Christmas present.  EVER.


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