A coalition of minority representatives today issued a release saying they believe the Democrats have sufficently embraced their concerns over minority representation on the new congressional map, but said GOP commissioners have provided few details as to their intent.
In a release the commission expressed its concern over minorities throughout the state but specifically Asians in pockets of what is now the 9th District. With the combination of the 5th and 9th Districts a potential outcome of the new map, the coalition, which includes the New Jersey Black Issues Convention, the NAACP and the Garden State Bar Associaiton, voiced its concern that the Asian communities would be split among more than one district, diluting their votes.
“We are convinced that Chairman (John) Farmer and the Democratic Commissioners get it,” said Thom Jackson, of the Garden State Bar Association. “The Democrats provided sufficient detail to demonstrate their appreciation for the one person one vote standard, and the importance of keeping communities of interests intact as well as increasing opportunities for these communities to elect their representatives of choice.”
Jackson said that while the GOP commissioners assured the coalition that they shared the principles the minority groups were representing, they provided few details of their maps.