A new report from the Census Bureau indicates that New Jersey is likely to lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in time for the 2012 elections. That will offer numerous redistricting options for mapmakers after the 2010 census. Over the coming weeks, PolitickerNJ.com will offer some of our own maps to demonstrate some potential scenarios as New Jersey moves from thirteen congressional districts to twelve.
New Jersey lost a House seat after the 1990 census. The redistricting commission placed Democrats Bernard Dwyer, a five term Congressman from Middlesex County, and two-term incumbent Frank Pallone, a Monmouth County Democrat, in the same district. Dwyer, 69, retired, allowing Pallone to hold the seat. New Jersey also lost a seat after the 1980 census; Republican Millicent Fenwick was running for the U.S. Senate, so mapmakers simply eliminated her district.