As the New Year passed, Woodbridge slipped into a new congressional district.
Because of the census redistricting, , is now reunited in the 6th District. Congressman Frank Pallone, who won reelection to his 13th term in the November elections, was sworn in to his term of office Thursday.
The township had been divided between the 7th and 13th districts via gerrymandering. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) had represented Woodbridge in Congress before January 1.
“I am deeply honored to represent the Sixth District of New Jersey in the 113thCongress,” said Pallone in a statement. “I thank the people of New Jersey’s Sixth District for this great privilege, and will do all I can to continue to serve the needs of our communities during my next term.”
Pallone, a Democrat, expressed his hope that the next Congress will accomplish more than the Republican-led 112th Congress, which he said has been described as the least productive in modern history.
Pallone said his first order of business in the new session will be Hurricane Sandy relief. Other priorities include "working with my colleagues on legislation that will grow the economy, support job creation, make healthcare more accessible and affordable and protect the environment,” Pallone added.