A controversial proposal aiming to change the way New Jersey redraws its legislative districts will not be voted on Monday as state lawmakers gather for the final votes of the two-year legislative session, according to the measure’s top sponsor in the state Senate. Instead, state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-N.J.) said, Democratic lawmakers pushing the resolution need more time to work on it. “It’s dead for today,” Scutari told NJ Advance Media. The resolution seeks to put a question on November’s ballot asking New Jersey voters to amend the state constitution to make a number of changes to redistricting — including one that would require at least 10 of the state’s 40 districts be deemed “competitive.”
But Republican leaders have accused Democrats of rushing through the measure, which was introduced only weeks ago. They also say the plan will expand Democrats’ political control of New Jersey for decades.
And a number of outside critics decried the resolution during a hearing last week. Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said it is “a bald-faced attempt to pull the wool over voters’ eyes.”
Democratic sponsors argue that it will create a fairer legislative process.