Democratic Party redistricting picks:
LeRoy Jones – Essex County Democratic Committee Chair
Gary Taffet – Middlesex County power broker
Steve Sweeney – Senate President
Cosmo Cirillo – West New York Commissioner
Diane Testa – Fairview Administrator
No progressives. No representatives from Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.
Protecting Sweeney, who resides in a red zone of the state;
Tweaking state Senator Joe Lagana (D-38);
Tweaking state senator Joe Cryan (D-20).
Hard to make significant incursions.
Do they squeeze state Senator Ronald Rice (D-28)? Do they squeeze Senator Nia Gill (D-34)?
“Someone,” a source told InsiderNJ, “will draw the short straw.”
The fact that the governor did not have a pick perturbed allies who wanted Murphy to have a stronger hand.