New York Court Dooms Jerry Nadler, Issues Redrawn Map That May Redistrict Him Out of Congress

Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is facing an uncertain future after a New York court issued a redrawn congressional map that may redistrict him out of Congress.

The new map will see two Democratic House committee chairs fighting it out in New York’s redrawn 12th Congressional District.

With so much at stake, the battle will surely make for a brutal primary.

Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who chair the Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees, have both confirmed they plan to run for the seat.

Nadler said the new lines “violate the NYS constitutional requirements of keeping communities of interest together and keeping the cores of existing districts largely intact” but he will run.

Maloney took the first shot at Jerry reminding him:

“A majority of the communities in the newly redrawn NY-12 are ones I have represented for years and to which I have deep ties.”

From Axios:

Preliminary redrawn New York congressional maps posted online Monday would substantially reduce the number of safe Democratic seats drawn by the state legislature.

Why it matters: Democrats had been leaning on favorable gerrymanders in blue states like Illinois and New York to offset GOP gains in key states like Florida.

While the new New York map, drawn up by a court-appointed mapmaker, is not finalized, it would further devastate Democrats’ chances at keeping the House.

The final maps are due on Friday, pending public feedback, but the expectation is that the map won’t change significantly, a Democratic staffer familiar with the process told Axios.

By the numbers: The map increases the number of competitive districts initially drawn up by the Democrat-controlled state legislature from three to eight, according to the draft document.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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