UPDATED Jan. 21, 2022, at 2:28 PM

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The partisan breakdown of New Jersey’s new map
Status:In litigation
partisan lean of districts:
Old map
12 districts
This map
12 districts
There are 9 Democratic-leaning seats, 2 Republican-leaning seats and 1 highly competitive seat in New Jersey’s new map.Change from old map: +3 Democratic-leaning seats, -1 Republican-leaning seat, -2 highly competitive seats.
The competitiveness and fairness of New Jersey's maps
Median seat
Difference between the partisan lean of the state’s median district and the state as a whole.
New mapD+1.1
Old mapR+3.8
Efficiency gap
Difference between each party’s share of “wasted votes” — those that don’t contribute to a candidate winning.
New mapD+15.5
Old mapD+6.2
The number of districts in the state whose partisan leans are between R+5 and D+5.
Old map3/12
New map1/12
The demographic and partisan breakdown of New Jersey’s new map
DistrictIncumbentPartisan leanRacial makeup
Donald NorcrossD
Jeff Van DrewR
Andy KimD
Chris SmithR
Josh GottheimerD
Frank Pallone Jr.D
Tom MalinowskiD
Albio SiresD
Bill Pascrell Jr.D
Donald Payne Jr.D
Mikie SherrillD
Bonnie Watson ColemanD

The racial makeup of each district is of the voting-age population.

The latest in New Jersey

Jan. 7, 2022

New Jersey’s redistricting process largely took place behind closed doors, with Democrats on the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission drawing a version of the map while the commission’s Republicans drew their own version. This meant that the commission’s tiebreaker, former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Wallace, wielded an enormous amount of power as the deciding, nonpartisan vote.

And on Dec. 22, after reviewing both Republicans’ and Democrats’ plans, Wallace voted in favor of the Democratic delegation’s congressional map, saying that he chose the Democratic plan because Republicans controlled the last redistricting process.

New Jersey’s map is pretty favorable to Democrats, too, featuring six solidly Democratic districts and three Democratic-leaning districts out of the state’s 12 districts. This marks a change of three more Democratic-leaning seats from the old map, one less Republican-leaning seat and two fewer highly competitive seats.

Most notably, Reps. Andy Kim, Josh Gottheimer and Mikie Sherrill all got significantly bluer districts under this map. (Case in point: Kim’s district experienced the most dramatic swing, moving from R+5 to D+9.) It’s not all good news for Democrats, though: Rep. Tom Malinowski’s district got a lot redder, moving from a competitive D+4 to R+3.

Republicans did lose one GOP-leaning district in this map, but the silver lining for them is that their two incumbents’ districts got a little safer, with Rep. Chris Smith’s district moving from R+15 to R+28 and Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s going from R+7 to R+9.

However, given the electoral environment in 2022, which looks to favor the GOP, it’s not impossible that this map might still have some vulnerabilities for Democrats. Just ask New Jersey Republicans, who lost four seats in 2018 even though they ran under GOP-drawn lines from the last redistricting cycle.

The new map is being legally challenged by Republican members of the redistricting commission, who have asked the state Supreme Court to overturn it. The filing asserts that the tiebreaking member of the commission did not carry out his duty in siding with the map preferred by Democrats.

Latest updates
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Dec. 22, 2021
The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission adopted new congressional districts (new maps).
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Oct. 7, 2021
The New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission plans to hold ten public hearings to discuss the congressional redistricting process. The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23rd.
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Aug. 6, 2021
The New Jersey Supreme Court picked the 13th (tiebreaking) member of the state's Congressional Redistricting Commission after the commissioners failed to reach a consensus themselves.

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Who controls redistricting in New Jersey in 2021?
Neither party fully controls the congressional redistricting process. New maps are drawn and enacted by a bipartisan commission made up of elected officials and citizens.