Sweeney removes Codey’s redistricting pick

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has removed Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. from the Congressional Redistricting Commission, The Star-Ledger reports.

Hawkins was appointed to the commission by former Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland), who Sweeney ousted.

The Senate President picks two members of the commission, as does the Senate Minority Leader, Assembly Speaker, Assembly Minority Leader and the chairs of the state’s two major political parties. 

Sweeney told the paper that he received an opinion from the Office of Legislative Services allowing him to remove Hawkins.  Codey and Hawkins said they were considering their legal options. 

Former Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan appointed Maggie Moran to the commission in one of his last acts as head of the party, a political operative who managed former Gov. Jon Corzine’s re-election campaign and served as his deputy chief of staff.

Sweeney removes Codey’s redistricting pick