Less than a year from now, data taken from the 2010 census is going to provide the major political players in the state with the information that they will need to produce our state’s congressional and legislative district maps, which will play a major role in determining who will be representing us at the state and federal level over the next ten years.
Whether one calls it redistricting or gerrymandering, it is a process that has historically been an inside baseball game with virtually no public input and scrutiny. It is my belief that this is something that the progressive community should be engaged with and about which it should have an opinion.
Recently, a friend sent me a link to Dave’s Redistricting App, which is an online tool that allows us to use existing data to construct our own congressional and legislative maps.
Using this tool, I was able to redistrict New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts as I thought they should be. If you’re interested in taking a look at my new districts, they are below the fold.