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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Democrats flip voter registration edge in NJ-7

For the first time, Malinowski’s district has more Democrats than Republicans

By David Wildstein, April 06 2020 5:56 pm

Voter registration in New Jersey’s 7th district has now flipped to a Democratic majority, according to voter registration statistics released by the state Division of Elections.

The 7th, where freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate in one of the state’s premier House races, now has 821 more Democrats that Republicans.

Last month, the district had 382 more Republicans than Democrats.

The number of unaffiliated (also known as independent) voters went up by 1,020 voters.

The 7th was designed to send a Republican to Congress as part of a map that was widely viewed as a GOP redistricting victory at the time.

When it was drawn in 2012, the 7th had 29,997 more Republicans than Democrats.

On General Election Day 2018, the GOP registration edge had shrunk to 6,709.

Malinowski unseated five-term Republican Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in 2018 by 16,200 votes (52%-47%).

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