We’re one week into a new legislative session, Save Jerseyans. Approximately 60%+ of the seats in our State Legislature are occupied by Democrats who will consequently control the day-to-day agenda.
A solidly far-left, anti-liberty, spend-happy legislature is the sad reality our Governor faces on a daily basis; it’s also the single greatest obstacle to substantive, pro-taxpayer reform in the overtaxed Garden State.
But guess what?
I crunched the numbers this weekend. Approximately 48% of votes cast for legislature office in 2011 were for Republican candidates. 1,896,524 to be exact, whereas 2,024,905 were case for Democrats (remember: 4M individuals didn’t show up to vote; most folks voted three times… twice for assembly and then once more for a senate candidate). And this close popular result wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2009, Republicans garnered about 52% of the vote with Governor Christie sitting atop their column.
So what does this tell us, class? Something that should be common sense: a competitively drawn map would produce an almost 50/50 legislature! And can you imagine how much healthier our state’s political discourse would be for it? Not only would Trenton politicians be more accountable to their constituents, but radical ideologues would have an infinitely harder time securing election. It’s a no-brainer.
Yet what we have instead is a pro-incumbent abomination courtesy of liberal academic Alan Rosenthal. As the court-appointed redistricting czar last year, he happily adopted this aforementioned affront to democracy to protect the Democrat majority. He actually made the argument that “stability” is superior to accountability! Maybe in a dictatorship… not in a republic! Unfortunately, Rosenthal’s scheme worked exactly as planned. Half of the state voted for pro-Christie candidates last fall only to wake up on Wednesday to a 60%+ Democrat majority. God knows how many more conservative voters stayed home because they’re stranded in non-competitive districts lacking serious pro-taxpayer opposition.
None of this comes as a surprise to those of us who’ve been following along. That said, I’m angrier than ever having seen the raw numbers staring back at me from the page. Frustrated taxpayers would certainly be justified forwarding their next property tax bill to Professor Rosenthal’s office. Rarely can one person be said to truly deserve almost 100% of the blame for such a large-scale travesty.
Why? Because Rosenthal literally robbed citizen of their democratic right to punish their legislature for mismanagement! At least until someone draws a new map in 2021.