New Jersey added 9,754 new voters in August, most of them without any affiliation to a political party. The state added 307 Republicans and lost 675 Democrats, continuing a recent trend of the GOP outpacing Democrats in voter registration.
But New Jersey still has 1,007,299 more Democrats than Republicans. The state has 193,200 more Democrats than unaffiliated voters.
Democrats chipped away at the GOP voter registration edge in the 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces a tough re-election battle against former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-Westfield). Last month, the district lost 308 Republicans and 19 Democrats, reducing the edge from 17,825 more Republicans than Democrats to 17,536.
In the 3rd district, where Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) faces Republican challenger Bob Healey, the Democratic voter registration edge went from 62,071 to 62,152.
Democrats also saw slight increases in the 5th district, where Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is in a rematch with Republican Frank Pallotta. The Democratic registration advantage went from 56,853 to 56,966. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has seen the number of Democrats in the 11th go up from 61,104 to 61,397.
Republicans had registration gains in districts represented by Reps. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) and Christopher Smith (R-Manchester).
The Libertarian Party added 208 new voters in New Jersey – they recruited congressional candidates in 11 of 12 districts – while the Green Party increased their ranks by 46 and the Socialist Workers Party by 11.
The Natural Law Party, which has been defunct since 2004, still has 6,163 voters registered as members – a number that might be inflated after former state Motor Vehicles Commission chief Sue Fulton’s programming glitch created a swelling of party member. Last month, 51 more Natural Law Party members bolted.