Mayor Reacts to Congressional Redistricting

What do you think about Teaneck's split congressional district?

Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said he was surprised by news that Teaneck would be split into two congressional districts, according to a report on NJ.com.

In an interview with NJ.com, Hameeduddin said: 

“I just think, for my town, it's very upsetting that I have one group of people represented by another congressman. I think it's ridiculous." 

Congressional redistricting moved a large section of Teaneck into the 5th congressional district, a Republican-leaning block represented by conservative Rep. Scott Garrett. A section of the township was put into a newly drawn 9th District.

Rep. Steve Rothman, who had represented all of Teaneck in the 9th, . Hameeduddin was listed as a Rothman supporter in a statement released by the campaign. 

State Assemblywoman , former Giant linebacker and Passaic County Freeholder Director have all been floated as possible Democratic challenges to Garrett. 

Read the full interview at NJ.com

Jacob January 06, 2012 at 01:28 PM
My advice to the Mayor is that he worry about his own reelection coming up. His performance is poor at best. The voting blocs that supported him last time are getting tired of all the self-promotion. All the photo ops up and down the state are not helpful either.
David Rabadan January 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Garrett is NOT the candidate to represent Teaneck - or any part of it. NW New Jersey may be satisfied with his leanings, but many Teaneck residents will not. You may have to let him know that in November. Dave
JeffO January 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Art, New Jersey may or may not have a lousy image, but its population loss reflects demographic trends that are hardly unique to the "Garden State." Neighboring New York is losing 2 seats and Pennsylvania is losing one, as is your previous state of Massachusetts. Also losing seats are Ohio (2), Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, and Lousiana. Hurricane Katrina may have a lot to do with Lousiana's loss (as well as some of Texas's 4-seat gain), but the others are basically northern, mostly industrial states with aging populations that are moving to the sunbelt. (Hopefully, those who go will keep their Democratic affiliations and moderate their new states' Republican leanings.) http://www.gallup.com/poll/145397/states-losing-congressional-seats-tilt-democratic.aspx What I think needs to happen, but what I don't hear much about, is that we need to update the Apportionment Act of 1913, which limits the House to 435 seats. The U.S. Constitution states that "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand," yet each district now has roughly 647,000. This not only makes it harder to draw reasonable district lines, but hampers retail democracy and penalizes the more populous states, including those who may have lost some population.
JeffO January 07, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Certainly, as the mayor chosen by the council -- NOT the public -- in an ostensibly non-partisan government, it would have been better had he not put himself on the list of officials supporting Rothman over Pascrell. (Full disclosure: I am not happy with Rothman's decision to run away from Garrett.) Then again, he ran in 2008 with support from the county Ferriero machine, and didn't even bother to go to all the phony, window-dressing hiring interviews before rubber-stamping their patronage choice for Township Manager, so I hardly expected him to observe the niceties of non-partisanship here.
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