TRENTON - After contentious debate, the panel charged with deciding the electoral boundaries for New Jersey?s 40 legislative districts voted to adopt the plan put forward by the Democrats by a vote of 6-5.
The tie-breaking vote was delivered by Rutgers University political science professor Dr. Alan Rosenthal.
Rosenthal would not comment on the specifics about why he chose the Democratic plan but did say that the plan was "more conservative and less disruptive" than the Republican plan.
The map is redrawn ever 10 years following the U.S. Census releasing its report.
Republicans say they are still deciding whether to file any lawsuits over the decision by the panel.
NJ politicians hashing out redistricting plans