Internal State Population Data Will Be Used By Redistricting Commission To Draw New Legislative District Map
By Art Gallagher
The U.S. Census Bureau sent local 2010 Census data to New Jersey officials yesterday, according to a media advisory.
Upon confirmation of receipt, the Census Bureau data will be available for download here.
The data will include summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age. These data will be presented for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.
The bi-partisan Redistricting Commission, 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans, are charged with creating a new legislative map based on the new population figures within 30 days. Should they fail to agree on a map, which is usually the case, the State Supreme Court Justice Stuart Rabner will appoint an 11th member of the commission and 30 additional days are provided to construct a map.
Various citizens groups, including the Bayshore Tea Party, are expected to construct maps and submit them for consideration to the Redistricting Commission for consideration.