Steinhardt v. New Jersey Redistricting Commission (NJRC)
No. 086587 (N. J. Sup. Ct.)
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.