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TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex, Passaic) today released 2010 census data that will be used to shape the legislative redistricting process over the coming months.

“Now that the census data is available, we must move forward with a redistricting process that is fair, open and has as much feedback from the public as possible,” said Sweeney. “A completely open process is one in which all the players are known, transparency is the norm — not the exception — and which places absolute fairness above all else. The best interests of New Jersey can only be served by a map that ensures diversity and equal opportunities for all residents to serve in every district.”

“The hard work now begins to create a new legislative map that mirrors how New Jersey actually looks. We cannot allow one party’s once-a-decade lip service to diversity to serve as a substitute for the Democratic Party’s actual commitment to it. We must implement a map that allows the diversity present in our daily lives to be reflected. We must reject any strategy that limits that possibility,” said Oliver.