We’ll be updating this page in the near future.
Through our ongoing fight against Gerrymandering, we have become aware of politically motivated bills before the NJ Legislature.
While many states are moving toward eliminating the structures that promote Gerrymandering, it is unacceptable for NJ to be moving backwards
So that the politicians who will decide this issue may hear us, a letter is going out to the Governor and other individuals.
A variety of respected groups and scholars have already come out against the NJ plan (NJ Institute for Social Justice, NJ Chapter of NAACP, League of Woman Voters, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project). We raise our voices in compliment to theirs.~ Ellen Herman
Message from Ellen Herman, GRBWI voting committee. Rec’d Friday, Dec 7, 2018
I wanted to keep you up to date on the bills that the state legislature is trying to push through in the next two weeks. These bills only exacerbate Gerrymandering in our state and move us backwards rather than forward....
I will leave it to each of you to read the details——you can search “new bill in NJ legislature on redistricting” to find, not only information, but a myriad of prestigious groups that are vehemtly opposed to this measure.
I am writing a letter to the Governor, who I believe opposes this bill, but for the wrong reasons. I will try to suggest that he take up the cause on behalf of the electorate not the politicians. This new plan will highly favor the Dems, if it moves forward, by basing districting on the last election......merely another ploy to keep those “in - in”. We did not work so hard for the “blue wave” to have them duplicate what is wrong all over the country. We can like the Dems, but need not enable them to keep the true power out of the hands of the people. I will send you a copy of the letter to the Governor in the next day or two.
There are public hearings next week in Trenton....posted on the GRBWI calendar and Facebook group page.
My best to each of you,
p.s. I have also been in touch with NJ Senator Vin Gopal — who appears to favor the bill. I will continue to communicate with him and NJ District 11 assemblypeople, Joann Downey, and Eric Houghtaling. “