New census count is bad news for NJ

EDISON - Census data for 2010 shows New Jersey will lose one of its 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The data released this afternoon shows New Jersey is one of eight states to lose a seat in Congress.

The data shows New Jersey's population at 8.8 million, making it the 11th most-populated state. In 2000, the population was 8.4 million and New Jersey ranked ninth in overall population. Census data shows that America's population grew the most in southern and western states.

New Jersey also lost a seat after the 1980 and 1990 counts. Congressional districts remained unchanged in 2000.

Republicans and Democrats will meet to determine how the new congressional districts will be drawn. The reduction in the congressional delegation takes place in 2012, the next federal election.

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