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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

NJ-7 Democratic registration expands in April

Congressional district drawn with nearly 30,000 GOP registration edge is now more than 1,200 plus for Democrats

By David Wildstein, May 06 2020 1:39 pm

New Jersey’s battleground 7th congressional district became slightly more Democratic in April after flipping the registration edge last month.

In early March, the 7th had 382 more Republicans than Democrats, but in April that number shifted to a Democratic edge of 821.  Now the district has 1,248 more Democrats than Republicans, according to recent voter registration data released by the state Division of Elections.

Freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) is expected to face State Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) in what is expected to be one of the most closely watched House races in the nation.

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%).

Malinowski is the first Democrat to represent the district since incumbent Harrison Williams, Jr. (D-Plainfield) lost the seat to Assemblywoman Florence Dwyer (R-Elizabeth) in 1956.

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