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NJ Redistricting Panel Hopes To Reach Agreement Wednesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- The bipartisan commission that's reconfiguring New Jersey's congressional districts hopes to reach agreement on a new map today.

The 13-member commission has been sequestered inside a New Brunswick hotel since Monday, trading ideas on how to eliminate one of the state's 13 seats.

New Jersey is one of the Northeast states losing a House member because the population didn't grow as fast as some states in the south and west.

The new map will almost certainly pit two incumbent congressmen against each other next November in a new district.

There are six Republicans and six Democrats on the commission, and a tie-breaker chosen by both sides.

The 13th member, chairman John Farmer Jr., says it's likely that two northern districts will be combined.

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