Director of the Polling Institute says BTPG Map “worth adding to the discussion”
Middletown, NJ – Six hours after the Bayshore Tea Party Group released their contribution to New Jersey’s decennial redistricting process, Monmouth University Professor and Director of the Polling Institute, Patrick
Murray, had this to say on PolitickerNJ
"Except for what appears to be an inadvertent split of Egg Harbor Township between districts 1 and 2 (which will require some re-tooling), the map's parameters are solid. It also maintains and perhaps enhances minority representation (basically as well as the map proposed by the minority coalition!) and provides for real competition for control of the next legislature. Of course, it is unkind to incumbents, and thus contrary to what Rosenthal has laid out as his priorities. On the whole, a map worth adding to the discussion."
BTPG is encouraged to hear Mr. Murray, author of three separate redistricting maps (“Constitutional”, “Competitive” and “De Minimis”), acknowledge that the Bayshore Tea Party Group’s map is worthy of consideration by the Apportionment Commission.
Bayshore Tea Party Group Redistricting Chairman and primary creator of the map had this in response:
“It’s amazing what can happen when you simply abide by the Constitution.”
Being first a non-gerrymandered map that relies solely on the three Constitutional requirements for guidance and having now enjoyed the compliment of a prominent New Jersey scholar, the Bayshore Tea Party Group urges the Apportionment Commission to heed Mr. Murray’s statement and make “The People’s Map” a part of the conversation.
You can find and download the map and district key in PDF form here