NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A noted Rutgers University professor of political science has been named to cast the deciding vote on redrawing the state’s legislative districts, according to a report in

Alan Rosenthal, 78, a public policy scholar highly-regarded by state leaders for both political parties, was appointed to break a tie on the 10-member New Jersey Apportionment Commission.

The commission, made up of five members representing each political party, missed a Mar. 3 deadline for presenting a new legislative map, the published report said.

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Rosenthal is noted as an expert in legislative procedures.

Rosenthal’s appointment, by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, gives the commission a deciding vote.