24th Legislative District (New Jersey)
New Jersey's 24th Legislative District is one of 40 in the New Jersey Legislature. As of the 2011 apportionment, the district includes the Morris County municipality of Mount Olive Township; the Sussex County municipalities of Andover Borough, Andover Township, Branchville Borough, Byram Township, Frankford Township, Franklin Borough, Fredon Township, Green Township, Hamburg Borough, Hampton Township, Hardyston Township, Hopatcong Borough, Lafayette Township, Montague Township, Newton Town, Ogdensburg Borough, Sandyston Township, Sparta Township, Stanhope Borough, Stillwater Township, Sussex Borough, Vernon Township, Walpack Township and Wantage Township; and the Warren County municipalities of Allamuchy Township, Belvidere Town, Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Hardwick Township, Hope Township, Independence Township, Knowlton Township, Liberty Township, Oxford Township and White Township.
As of the 2010 United States Census the district had a population of 215,703, of whom 161,998 (75.1%) were of voting age. The racial makeup of the district was 197,640 (91.6%) White, 4,826 (2.2%) African American, 324 (0.2%) Native American, 6,155 (2.9%) Asian, 51 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 3,077 (1.4%) from some other race, and 3,630 (1.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15,059 (7.0%) of the population. The 24th District had 143,855 registered voters as of November 2013, of whom 63,704 (44.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated, 24,315 (16.9%) were registered as Democrats, 55,621 (38.7%) were registered as Republicans and 215 (0.1%) were registered to other parties.
As of 2000, the district had the fourth-smallest population of any in the state and the third highest land area, making it one of the least densely populated districts in the state. The district has an extremely small minority population, with comparatively few African American (at 1.3%, the state's second lowest), Asian and Hispanic residents, and has the smallest percentage of residents age 65 and over (8.9%). Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a better than 3-1 margin and the district has the highest percentage of registered republicans and the lowest percentage of Democrats.
Changes made as part of the New Jersey Legislative apportionment in 2011 added Allamuchy Township, Belvidere Town, Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Hardwick Township, Hope Township, Independence Township, Knowlton Township, Liberty Township, Oxford Township and White Township (all from District 23). Removed were Califon Borough and Tewksbury Township (to District 23); and Chester Borough, Chester Township, Netcong Borough and Washington Township (Morris) (all to District 25).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the district is represented in the State Senate by Steve Oroho (R, Franklin) and in the General Assembly by Alison Littell McHose (R, Franklin) and Parker Space (R, Wantage Township).
First elected to the 24th District in 1975, State Senator James P. Vreeland and Assemblymember Dean Gallo were shifted to the 26th Legislative District in redistricting following the results of the 1980 United States Census, with both winning re-election in their new district.
In the face of difficulties recovering from a stroke he had suffered in October 1988, Wayne Dumont had been in deteriorating health and stepped down from the Senate in July 1990. Assemblyman Robert Littell was chosen by a special convention of Republican committee members from Sussex and Warren Counties to fill Dumont's vacancy in the Senate. In turn, Scott Garrett was chosen to fill Littell's vacant seat in the Assembly.
Robert Littell chose not to run for re-election in 2007 and by the time he had left office in 2008 had become the longest-serving legislator in New Jersey history, having served a total of 40 years in office. When his daughter Alison Littell McHose took office in the Assembly in 2004, they became the legislature's first father-daughter combination to serve simultaneously in the legislature.
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