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Public invited to attend public hearings on State redistricting

The following letter was submitted by:


Senators Nicholas Sacco and Sandra B. Cunningham, and Assembly members Joan Quigley, Vincent Prieto, Ruben Ramos, Jr, Caridad Rodriguez, Charles Mainor, and Jason O’Donnell 

Dear Editor:

The New Jersey Apportionment Commission has begun working on a new legislative map for the State of New Jersey.  As part of this process they have begun holding a number of public hearings, including an upcoming one slated for Hudson County.  

We ask all New Jerseyans to consider taking a few minutes in the coming weeks to stop by one of these public hearings.

This is a once-a-decade process that is vital to the future of our state, one that will influence policy-making in New Jersey for the next 10 years. 

Whether you are concerned with creating a better education system, improving our transportation infrastructure, gun laws, helping lower and middle income families get by, or if you prefer policies that benefit the wealthy, all of these issues will be affected by the redistricting process.

This makes it all the more imperative that we create a fair legislative map that will produce a Legislature that actually reflects our state, rather than packing minorities into as few districts as possible, as some would prefer.

This map must be constitutional. It must be forward-looking. And it must give you a Legislature attuned to your lives and needs.

That’s why your input is needed.

The next hearing is set for Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1 pm at Hudson County Community College, Culinary Conference Center, Scott Ring Room, 2nd Floor, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, NJ.

In the interest of our state, we urge you to attend.

Other hearings will soon be scheduled, and the public may address comments and questions by calling (609) 292-9106.

We look forward to your input and seeing you at one of the upcoming hearings.

Sincerely,

Senators Nicholas Sacco and Sandra B. Cunningham, and Assembly members Joan Quigley, Vincent Prieto, Ruben Ramos, Jr, Caridad Rodriguez, Charles Mainor, and Jason O’Donnell

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