By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
The need for redistricting reform should be self-evident, Save Jerseyans.
Strip politics out of it for a moment. Why would anyone, in any industry or position, public or private, feel an impetus to serve anyone besides himself or herself when there’s virtually no chance of being fired for poor performance? Yet that’s the system gifted to us by the Supreme Court and the late Alan Rosenthal. Each legislative election cycle, only a small percentage of districts see the successful candidate prevail by less than 10-points and the popular will for change is muted by gerrymandering. Check out your latest property tax bill for evidence of how well that works!
Jon Bramnick’s got a way to fix it; on Monday, he announced plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would fundamentally transform the way New Jersey redistricts every ten years.
The Assemblyman Minority Leader pitched a few other solid ideas, too, ideas which he took on the road Tuesday in Ocean City with freshman Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi. But what’s more important than making sure our leaders are actually accountable to us?
In that sense, it’s undeniably the most worthwhile thing entertained in Trenton in this blogger’s lifetime…