The state of New Jersey will lose one of its seats in the United States House of Representatives. The federal government released its new census figures today which shows the population in New Jersey growing at a sluggish 4.5 percent. New Jersey now has just over 8.7 million residents, but that’s not enough to keep all 13 congressional seats, and now it’s very likely that one will be lost. Nine other states in the Union will also lose a congressional seat, including New York and Pennsylvania. This is not the first time New Jersey has lost a House seat as a result of the census; we also lost a seat following the census survey taken in 1980 and again in 1990.