The Legislative Distribution Committee, which stayed at the Plainsboro Hotel, continues to push compromise card but has not yet come to a final deal, learned the New Jersey Globe – and the chances of closing the deal will only increase if more about the map becomes known throughout the state.
The member of the commission Philip Karchman strongly supports the agreement between the delegations of the two sides and called on them to come together and draw a map that both sides consider quite indisputable. Any deal deal was postponed, however, due to outrage from stakeholders frustrated with the way their counties are delivering on the map.
In Hudson County, for example, the commission must include at least one city in a non-Hudson-based district because the county itself is a little too big for the three legislative districts. But pro-democracy officials in Harrison, one of the cities that could be delayed, have challenged such a move and will no doubt protest against any map containing their city in the Essex area. This is just one example of hundreds of counties that commissioners are trying to reassure.
The more time the commission takes to finalize the map, the more negative rejections they will receive from those who are dissatisfied with the results. With that in mind, commissioners hope to finish drawing the card tonight and vote for it tomorrow, but there is no guarantee that a deal can be reached so quickly.
If tomorrow comes and goes without a vote, the commission may not vote again until Tuesday, giving angry executives a whole long weekend to sabotage the process. The commissioners will have to report to their local stakeholders, who will have the time and opportunity to undermine the full possibility of the deal.
This is a terrible prospect for both sides because Karhman has gives no instructions on which of the two original card propositions he preferred. In the absence of a deal, each side will have to hope that Karkhman chooses their card – and prepare for disaster if Karkhman decides that he prefers the other party’s card.
As previously reported today, major changes that could potentially be made to the deal map include State Senators Nicholas Sack (D-North Bergen) and Brian Stack (D-Union City) in one area and the amalgamation of Nia Gill County Senator’s County (D-Moncler) with former Gov. Richard Cody’s (D-Rosland) County; also perhaps on the table Jill will be twice in conjunction with state senator Ronald Rice (D-Newark).
Elsewhere in the state much of the chaos caused by each party’s draft card is likely to be lifted on the deal card. Democratic map the destruction of a competitive 8th district and the redevelopment of Maurice County, as well as Republican maps a total repainting of Central Jerseyit doesn’t seem like they would have happened on the deal card.
But all these possibilities depend on the deal card that exists at all. And although Karkhman and 10 guerrilla commissioners hope it will be possible, they are not there yet.