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Jones v. Falcey

Decided: July 23, 1966.

LESTER C. JONES ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
v.
ROBERT M. FALCEY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS. FRANK C. OSMERS, JR., ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-INTERVENORS-APPELLANTS, V. ROBERT M. FALCEY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS. MURRAY S. ABOFF, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-INTERVENORS-APPELLANTS, V. ROBERT M. FALCEY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS



For reversal and remandment -- Chief Justice Weintraub and Justices Jacobs, Francis, Proctor, Hall, Schettino and Haneman. For affirmance -- None. The opinion of the court was delivered by Weintraub, C.J.

Weintraub

This case involves the constitutionality of the Congressional District Act (1966) (c. 156, as amended by c. 183). The prior statute had been found to be invalid in these proceedings. Jones v. Falcey, 88 N.J. Super. 273 (Ch. Div. 1965). The Legislature thereupon enacted the 1966 statute now before us. The trial court upheld it, and we certified the ensuing appeal before argument in the Appellate Division.

The population of the new districts and the percent of deviation from the mathematical ideal of 404,452, based upon the 1960 census, are:

1960 Percent of

District Population Rel. Deviation

1 394,619 -2.4

2 374,996 -7.3

3 413,388 .2

4 432,974 .1

5 405,533 .3

6 439,756 .7

7 384,398 -5.0

8 406,618 .5

9 395,857 -2.1

10 424,775 .0

11 429,140 .1

12 398,557 -1.5

13 389,066 -3.8

14 396,996 -1.8

15 380,109 -6.0

I.

In devising the districts, the Legislature preserved 15 of the 21 county lines. Apparently none of the other competing plans in the ...


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