President Donald Trump hinted tonight that he might seek New Jersey’s fourteen electoral votes, even though a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t carried the state since 1988.
“I think we’ll play for this state,” Trump said at a rally tonight in Wildwood. “You know, they all say Republicans can’t win. Tell me why?”
In a state with 982,115 more Democrats than Republicans, New Jersey would be a reach for Trump.
Trump had upside-down job approval ratings of 37%-56% in a September 2019 Monmouth University poll.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried New Jersey by 546,345 votes, a 55%-41% margin.
That was closer than the two previous presidential elections.
Barack Obama won 58%-41% in 2016 and 47%-42% in 2008.
George W. Bush lost the state twice: 56%-30% against Al Gore in 2000 and 53%-46% against John Kerry in 2004.
Bill Clinton won it twice: 43%-41% against George Bush in 1992 and 54%-36% against Bob Dole in 1996.
Before 1992, Republican presidential candidates won New Jersey six consecutive times.