Minority coalition endorses Democratic map

A coalition of minority groups advocating for more minority representation in the state legislature is set to endorse the final legislative map submitted by Democrats Friday, sources say.

The New Jersey Legislative Redistricting Coalition, which last week submitted its own version of the map that will govern the legislature for the coming decade plans to issue a statement late this morning, a source told PolitickerNJ.

“Whether we agree or disagree, we look forward to working with all minority groups,” said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) of Cedar Grove, a member of the redistricting commission, later acknowledging the coaltion’s endorsement of the D map.

The group, made up of black and Latino advocacy groups including the NAACP, has throughout the redistricting process advocated for more majority minority districts to help inclrease representation in both houses of the legislature.  Last week, the coalition submitted its own map in hopes of adding to or altering the discussions over the map. 

After a week of negotiations that has played out at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, both Republicans and Democrats submitted their final maps to the commission’s 11th member, Rutgers Professor Alan Rosenthal.  Rosenthal is expected to issue his decision later today ahead of a formal vote Sunday at noon.

Minority coalition endorses Democratic map