Boosted by a competitive GOP gubernatorial primary, Republicans outpaced Democrats by a margin of nearly 2-1 in new party registrations in June, but Democrats continue to have an advantage with more than a million more Democrats than Republicans.
New Jersey added 9,951 more Republicans and 5,150 more Democrats last month, according to voter registration numbers provided by the New Jersey Division of Elections.
The state still has 1,079,088 more Democrats than Republicans.
Since the 2020 general election, New Jersey has added 54,765 new Republicans and 54,763 new Democrats.
Unaffiliated voters – sometimes referred to as independents – continue to decline as New Jerseyans are taking partisan sides on a more frequent basis. The total number of unaffiliateds dropped by 6,966 last month and by 52,655 since November 2020.
New Jersey’s electorate is now 39.4% Democratic, 36.6% unaffiliated, and 22.8% Democratic.
In 2001, the last time Republicans had a governor and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, 55% of New Jersey voters were not affiliated with either political party. In 20 years, that number has dropped to 37%.
Democrats made up 25.3% of the voters in 2001, while 19.5 were registered as Republicans.
Despite the blueness of New Jersey, Republicans have held the governor’s office for 24 of the last 40 years. Democrats have not re-elected a governor since 1977 and Republicans have done so three times since then.
New Jersey hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential race since 1988 and hasn’t elected a Republican U.S. Senator since 1972. Since then, every state but Hawaii has elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate.