Just before leaving the Senate Presidency, Richard Codey (D-Roseland) appointed Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins to the Congressional Redistricting Commission. Now his successor, Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) is considering making his own appointments to the panel and voiding Codey’s pick. The Senate President gets two seats on that commission; Codey took one and left the other for Sweeney.
Joseph Cryan (D-Union) did the same thing before he left his post as Democratic State Chairman. Cryan appointed State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) and himself to the Legislative Redistricting Commission, leaving the other three seats for the new state party chairman, John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville). He named former Corzine Deputy Chief of Staff Maggie Moran to the Congressional Redistricting Commission, leaving one seat for Wisniewski.
If Sweeney is able to displace Codey’s pick, it might open the door to Wisniewski taking away Cryan’s picks for the legislative mapmaking panel – something that South Jersey Democrats might do to block Moran from serving.