Republicans have hired Benjamin Ginsberg, one of the nation's top election law experts, as national counsel for legislative and congressional redistricting in 2011. Ginsberg served as counsel to the Bush/Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004, and has worked for the Republican National Committee. His appointment was announced jointly by GOP State Chairman Jay Webber, Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany).
As State Chairman, Webber will name all five Republicans on the legislative redistricting commission – presumably in consultant with Kean, DeCroce and Gov.-elect Christopher Christie. For the congressional redistricting commission, Webber, Kean and DeCroce each get two appointments.
The Ginsberg appointment marks an unusually early start for Republicans on redistricting. Democrats started their redistricting process back in 1999, more than a year before the GOP.
Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) indicated this week that he would name one of the two Senate Democratic appointments to the congressional redistricting commission before he leaves office.