Dean John Farmer Appointed As Independent Member of State Congressional Redistricting Commission
August 08, 2011 –John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been selected as the independent, tie-breaking member of the commission charged with developing a new map of New Jersey’s Congressional districts by January 17, 2012. The six Democratic and six Republican members of the commission voted unanimously to appoint Farmer as the 13th member.
The U.S. Constitution requires that House district boundaries be withdrawn once every 10 years to reflect the results of the national census. Because of population shifts, New Jersey will lose one of its Congressional seats.
John Farmer became Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark in July 2009 after a distinguished career in government service and private practice. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, chief counsel to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey attorney general, and senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission. Earlier this year, Dean Farmer served as counsel to the commission that redrew New Jersey’s legislative districts.