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President Donald Trump with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Trump toys with New Jersey, says he may contest state

New Jersey hasn’t backed a GOP presidential candidate since 1988

By David Wildstein, January 28 2020 9:03 pm

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.

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