New Jersey has added 74,472 more Democrats and 39,720 more Republicans since the 2016 general election, according to voter registration numbers from the state Division of Elections.
Last month, 4,521 voters registered as Democrats, and 2,034 as Republicans.
In the 11th district, Democrats picked up 527 new voters in May, while Republicans added just 222. Democrats registration has outpaced the GOP by a as near 3-1 margin since Donald Trump’s election: 7,338 more Democrats and 2,850 more Republicans. Republicans had a voter registration edge of 24,176 in Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 11th district seat when the map was drawn six years ago. Now the GOP edge is down to 9,275.
In May, district 7 added 465 new Democrats and 218 new Republicans. Since Election Day 2016, there are 8,491 new Democrats and 2,447 new Republicans. When the district lines were drawn in 2012, Leonard Lance had a voter registration edge of 29,997; that advantage is down to 10,565.
In the 2nd district, where Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo is retiring, Democrats added 333 in May, while GOP registration went up by 194. Democrats have gained 5,744 since November 2016 and Republicans have picked up 4,144. Six years ago, the district had a Democratic registration edge of 7,669; that number is now at 16,194.
May voter registration in Rep. Tom MacArthur’s 3rd district favored the Republicans: 217 new for the GOP, and 131 for the Democrats. Since the last presidential election, the district has remained somewhat even: 3,948 new Democrats and 3,932 new Republicans. The Democratic registration edge is now 16,194 – up from 12,053 after the last presidential election.
In district 5, where Democrat Josh Gottheimer ousted a seven-term GOP congressman two years ago, Democrats picked up 236 new voters, compared to 168 for the Republicans. Democrats have added 7,102 new registrants since Gottheimer won, with 3,079 for the Republicans. When the lines were drawn in 2012, Republicans had a 13,085-registration advantage; it’s now flipped to a 1,653 advantage for the Republicans.
The only district where Republicans are gaining is in the 4th, where Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) is seeking re-election to a seat he’s held since 1980. The district has gained 17,585 new Republicans since 2012.