New Jersey working families hail decision to replace Sweeney on Legislative Allocation Commission with reliable Democratic voice
New Jersey Working Families State Director Sue Altman released the following statement in support of State Democratic Party Chairman LeRoy Jones’ decision to replace Steve Sweeney on the Allocation Commission New Jersey Legislative by Laura Matos:
We strongly support President Jones’ decision to replace Steve Sweeney on the Legislative Allocation Commission with Laura Matos. This decision brings desperately needed diversity to the Commission by ensuring that one of New Jersey’s fastest growing demographics is represented on a body tasked with ensuring that our state’s legislative districts accurately reflect the state. the most diverse in the country.
Equally important, this decision places the job of drawing new legislative maps in the hands of a reliable partner for Democrats at a critical time in our nation’s history. As we face a Republican Party increasingly dominated by authoritarian acolytes of Donald Trump, it is the height of irresponsibility that South Jersey appointees to the Congressional Redistricting Commission, including the Commissioner Longtime Camden County lawmaker Jeffrey Nash and former Camden Mayor Dana Redd were preparing to threaten the Democrats’ chances of holding the U.S. House of Representatives in future terms for selfish political motives.
This scheme, reported in numerous press accounts, demonstrated that Sweeney and his allies could not be trusted to carry out their duties on the Allocation Commission. We need an open and transparent process that puts the needs of residents above the cowardly interests of an outdated political machine.
It is high time we abandoned the broken politics of Steve Sweeney and embraced the vision of a Democratic Party that is open to our state’s diversity, inclusive of all voices, and focused on fulfilling the will of voters.
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