NEW BRUNSWICK – At the Heldrich Hotel, Republicans and Democrats are sharing maps, according to team leaders, in opening salvos of the gerrymandering convention that is Congressional redistricting.
This showing-of-the-cards represents more of a “good, open dialogue,” according to GOP team leader Mike DuHaime, than the standoffish legislative exercise in the spring.
Democratic team counsel Bill Castner confirmed map sharing, but couldn’t say how close the two came to agreement on the first presentation.
A source at the Heldrich said the opening proposals had Democrats pitting U.S. Reps. Scott Garrett (R-5) and Leonard Lance (R-7) against each other, while Republicans paired up U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-8) and Steve Rothman (D-9).
Each member of the Republican Congressional delegation has a representative in the hotel, albeit in a separate room from the redistricting team, a GOP source said; the Democratic delegation has no representatives in the building today, a source among the Dems said.