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If New Jersey loses a House seat after the 2010 census, it could mean a primary between two incumbent Congressmen — that hasn’t happened since Domenick Daniels and Cornelius Gallagher faced off in the 1972 Democratic primary in Hudson County – or for the first time in New Jersey history, a general election contest between two incumbents.

Which Congressman loses the game of reapportionment musical chairs? That very much depends on who wins the hotly contested 2008 House races – and on ’12 retirements. If John Adler and Linda Stender both win next year, it makes life a little tougher for the Democratic delegation in 2012: it will be hard to draw a map that puts two of the four Republicans in the same district, while at the same time providing the nine Democrats with safe seats.

Stay tuned for Wally Edge’s congressional maps