27th Legislative District (New Jersey)

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New Jersey's 27th Legislative district
New Jersey State Senator Richard Codey (D)
New Jersey General Assemblymembers John F. McKeon (D)
Mila Jasey (D)
Registration 36.5% Democratic
21.9% Republican
Demographics 56.0% White
30.4% Black/African American
0.3% Native American
6.9% Asian
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
3.8% Other race
2.6% Two or more races
10.8% Hispanic
Population 204,496
Voting-age population 153,793
Registered voters 157,392

New Jersey's 27th Legislative District is one of 40 in the New Jersey Legislature. As of the 2011 apportionment, the district includes the Essex and Morris County municipalities of Caldwell Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover Township, Essex Fells Township, Florham Park Borough, Hanover Township, Harding Township, Livingston Township, Madison Borough, Maplewood Township, Millburn Township, Roseland Borough, South Orange Village Township, West Orange Township.[1][2]

Demographic characteristics[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 204,496, of whom 153,793 (75.2%) were of voting age. The racial makeup of the district was 114,425 (56.0%) White, 62,162 (30.4%) African American, 598 (0.3%) Native American, 14,173 (6.9%) Asian, 38 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 7,813 (3.8%) from some other race, and 5,287 (2.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22,066 (10.8%) of the population.[3] The 27th District had 157,392 registered voters as of November 2013, of whom 65,422 (41.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated, 57,432 (36.5%) were registered as Democrats, 34,419 (21.9%) were registered as Republicans and 119 (0.1%) were registered to other parties.[4]

The district includes a number of comparatively wealthy communities in Western Essex County, as well as a number of relatively poor areas including portions of the City of Newark. The 27th district had one of the lowest percentages in the state of registered Republicans, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans by a more than 2–1 margin.[5][6]

Apportionment history[edit]

Changes to the district made as part of the New Jersey Legislative reapportionment in 2011 added Millburn in Essex County, and the Morris County municipalities of Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding Township and Madison, making it more Republican.[7] Shifted out of the district were Fairfield Township, North Caldwell Borough and West Caldwell Township (to District 26) and City of Orange Township (to District 34).

Political representation[edit]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the district is represented in the State Senate by Richard Codey (D, Roseland) and in the General Assembly by Mila Jasey (D, South Orange) and John F. McKeon (D, West Orange).[8][9]

Election history[edit]

Session State Senate[10] Assembly[11]
1976-1977 Carmen A. Orechio John N. Dennis Carl Orechio
1978-1979 Carmen A. Orechio Buddy Fortunato Carl Orechio
1980-1981 Buddy Fortunato Carl Orechio
1982-1983 Richard Codey Mildred Barry Garvin Harry A. McEnroe
1984-1985 Richard Codey Mildred Barry Garvin Harry A. McEnroe
1986-1987 Mildred Barry Garvin Harry A. McEnroe
1988-1989 Richard Codey Stephanie R. Bush Harry A. McEnroe
1990-1991[12] Stephanie R. Bush Harry A. McEnroe
1992-1993 Richard Codey Robert L. Brown Stephanie R. Bush
1994-1995[13] Richard Codey Nia Gill LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
1996-1997 Nia Gill LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
1998-1999[14] Richard Codey Nia Gill LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
2000-2001[15] Nia Gill LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.
2002-2003[16] Richard Codey Mims Hackett John F. McKeon
2004-2005[17] Richard Codey Mims Hackett John F. McKeon
2006-2007 Mims Hackett John F. McKeon
2008-2009 Richard Codey Mila Jasey John F. McKeon
2010-2011[18] Mila Jasey John F. McKeon
2012-2013 Richard Codey Mila Jasey John F. McKeon
2014-2015[19] Richard Codey Mila Jasey John F. McKeon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Municipalities (sorted by 2011 legislative district), New Jersey Department of State. Accessed February 18, 2014.
  3. ^ DP-1: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 from the 2010 Demographic Profile Data for the General Assembly District 27 (2010), New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Statewide Voter Registration Summary, New Jersey Department of State, November 28, 2013. Accessed February 1, 2014.
  5. ^ District 27 Profile, Rutgers University. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  6. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. p. 119. 
  7. ^ Hennelly, Bob (October 18, 2011). "NJ Redistricting Pits Longtime Political Heavyweight Against Newcomer". WNYC. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 18, 2014.
  9. ^ District 27 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 18, 2014.
  10. ^ NJ Senate District 27 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  11. ^ NJ Assembly 27 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Staff. "Vote Totals for the Elections Held on Tuesday in New York and New Jersey", The New York Times, November 9, 1989. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  13. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. "THE 1993 ELECTIONS: New Jersey Legislature; Cut Taxes 30 Percent? Whitman's Top Statehouse Allies Say Not So Fast", The New York Times, November 4, 1993. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  14. ^ Staff. "THE 1997 ELECTIONS: RESULTS; The Races for the New Jersey Assembly", The New York Times, November 5, 1997. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  15. ^ Kocieniewski, David. "THE 1999 ELECTIONS: NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY; Democrats Win Seats in Three Districts, Narrowing Republicans' Majority", The New York Times, November 3, 1999. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  16. ^ Staff. "THE 2001 ELECTIONS; RESULTS -- The Races for New Jersey", The New York Times, November 8, 2001. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  17. ^ Kocieniewski, David. "THE 2003 ELECTION: THE STATEHOUSE; Democrats Seize Senate And Widen Assembly Gap", The New York Times, November 5, 2003. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  18. ^ Staff. "2009 Election Results", The New York Times, November 9, 2009. Accessed October 12, 2010.
  19. ^ Official List; Candidates for General Assembly For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2013 Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 4, 2013. Accessed February 18, 2014.