New Jersey Redistricting: District 6 Crystal Ball

English: US Rep. Frank Pallone
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Frank Pallone’s district became even more heavily based in Middlesex County than it was before. Therefore, it is also more Democrat. With the addition of Carteret, Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, northern Edison and South Plainfield, liberals do not have much to worry about when it comes to the 6th District. Also of modest gain for Pallone, the towns of Dunellen and Middlesex were taken out of the new boundaries. Both towns lean slightly toward the Republicans. One town in the same region that will be missed is Plainfield in Union County. It was put into the new 12th District instead. Also the part of Franklin Township in the old 6th has been removed, uniting all of Franklin Township in the 12th. In Monmouth County, Pallone gains the rest of Marlboro (a battleground town) and two GOP towns—Oceanport and West Long Branch. The biggest loss to the Democrats in the district is probably Neptune with its combination urban/suburban population. Ocean Township, a toss-up town, was also lost to the 4th district. Overall, this is good news for Frank Pallone and the Democrats. However, a dark cloud on the horizon might be that since Pallone is from Monmouth County (Long Branch) and the district is even more centered in Middlesex County, a Democrat from the latter might decide it is time to challenge Pallone in the primary. If Pallone retires, look for his replacement to come from Middlesex.

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