Confirming what was long expected, the US Census Bureau announced today that New Jersey will have one less seat — for a total of 12 — for the next Congressional elections in 2012.
It’s not that our population has declined between 2000 and 2010. In fact, New Jersey’s population rose 4.5%, from 8,414,350 to 8,791,894 over the previous decade.
What has happened is that other states have grown faster. Primarily in the south and in the west. The only places where population actually decreased was Michigan (-0.6%) and Puerto Rico (-2.2%)
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