Congressman Andy Kim Loses Ocean County in Redistricting, Van Drew Gains


Pat Johnson
December 23, 2021
By Pat Johnson

Democratic Congressman Andy Kim, who at this time signifies the 3rd District, consisting in section of Stafford Township west of the Backyard garden Condition Parkway, Barnegat Township and Ocean County north to Position Pleasant, has misplaced Stafford, Barnegat and Waretown moreover the Seaside barrier island towns to Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew in the condition redistricting, accepted Wednesday, Dec. 22 by the bipartisan redistricting fee.
As demanded by the New Jersey Constitution, the redistricting commission is charged with redrawing the traces of the state’s congressional districts, from which candidates for workplace are elected to provide in the U.S. Dwelling of Reps. New Jersey has 12 seats in Congress. Redistricting is carried out every single 10 decades as the US Census information is compiled. New Jersey had an just about 6% populace gain to 9.3 million but does not get one more seat. At present the point out has elected 10 Democrats and two Republicans.
Kim had represented northern Ocean County and northwest Burlington County in the U.S. Dwelling of Representatives due to the fact his election in 2018. He picked up cities in Mercer and Monmouth counties, which has a lot more Democratic voters than Ocean County.
Van Drew signifies the biggest geographic spot of New Jersey: all of Cape May well, Salem, Cumberland and Atlantic counties, southeast Burlington County, southwest Gloucester County and sections of predominantly Republican Ocean County.  Toms River and sections north in Ocean County are now in the 4th District.  The redistricting fee consisted of six Democrats and 6 Republicans, every with a proposed redistricting map. The tie-breaking vote was produced by a retired condition Supreme Court justice, John Wallace Jr.
In accordance to Politico, Wallace was picked by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner from 1 of several Democratic suggestions after the two get-togethers could not agree on deciding on a tie-breaker.
The redistricting will be an essential aspect in the upcoming 2022 election, when all 435 seats in the Residence are up for reelection. —P.J.

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