Tiebreaker to pick GOP map for N.J. House seats

    A new congressional map favoring Republicans has been chosen by the tie-breaking member of New Jersey’s redistricting commission.

    Two people involved in redistricting tell the Associated Press the new map combines northern New Jersey districts now represented by Republican Scott Garrett and Democrat Steve Rothman. But the sources say the map gives the GOP a 4-point edge in voter registration in the merged district.

    The people talked to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the commission.

    Commission chairman John Farmer Jr., the tiebreaking 13th member, told both sides of his choice early today.

    A formal vote will be taken at 10 a.m.

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