The Center Square’s Kim Jarrett reports

Several groups are opposing a bill that would delay New Jersey’s redistricting process until 2023 and allow 2021 district elections to be held based on current district lines.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted to send the bill to the Speaker for consideration after hearing about two and a half hours of testimony on Thursday with Republican members voting “no.”

New Jersey is one of only two states that holds district elections in 2021. The bill’s Democratic sponsors say the change is needed because the 2020 Census Bureau data needed to redraw district lines might not be available until the end of July 2021 instead of February.