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New Jersey | State Supreme | Congress

Steinhardt v. New Jersey Redistricting Commission (NJRC)

Last Updated Feb 3, 2022
Case number

No. 086587 (N. J. Sup. Ct.)

Cycle 2020

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A state challenge to the congressional redistricting plan passed by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission. Plaintiff’s, republican members of the commission, are challenging the chairperson’s justification for casting the tie-breaking vote in favor of the map. The Plaintiffs allege the chairperson’s actions were (1) arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable, and (2) violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the New Jersey and federal constitutions.

Plaintiffs ask the Court to (1) vacate the NJRC’s establishment of the new congressional districts, (2) order the establishment new congressional districts be remanded back to the NJRC and (3) enjoin the New Jersey Secretary of State from taking any action based upon the new congressional districts.

On January 4th the Court ordered the chairperson of the commission to provided a “more detailed statement of reasons” for casting the deciding vote in the process. The chairperson responded on Jan. 11, 2022.

The Court dismissed the case with prejudice on Feb. 3, 2022.


Case filings, starting with most recent court
    Name Last Modified
Highlighted document Document icon Complaint Dec 30, 2021
Document icon Order seeking clarification Jan 4, 2022
Document icon Chairperson's response Jan 11, 2022
Highlighted document Document icon Order dismissing case Feb 3, 2022

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