TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The panel chosen to redraw boundaries for New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts has formally approved the election map proposed by Democrats.

Rutgers University political science professor Alan Rosenthal, the panel’s tie-breaking member, cast the decisive ballot in Sunday’s 6-5 vote.

The results were expected, since Rosenthal had privately informed Democrats and Republicans about his decision Saturday night. That came shortly after the 11-member panel heard final presentations from both sides at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, where commission members had been meeting since last weekend.

The new map will be used when all 120 legislators are up for election in November. The deadline for lawmakers to file papers to run is April 11.

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