New Jersey is close to having 1 million more Democrats than Republicans after a marginal increase in voter registration in December 2019, according to voter registration numbers released by the New Jersey Secretary of State.
The magic number for Democrats is now 17,855.
New Jersey added 5,381 new voters in December – 2,835 new Democrats and 2,023 new Republicans. New Jersey lost 957 unaffiliated voters sometimes known as independents.
Since Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, New Jersey added 242,160 Democrats and 123,498 Republicans.
The state has 133,617 less unaffiliateds than it did on Election Day 2016. New Jersey now has 66,519 more unaffiliated voters than Democrats and is on pace to have more Democrats than unaffiliateds for the first time in state history.
In 2019, New Jersey added 97,080 more Democrats and 49,204 more Republicans. The state has 12,874 less unaffiliateds than it did at the end of 2018.
The last time Republicans had a governor and majorities in both houses of the Legislature in 2001, 55% of New Jersey voters were not affiliated with either political party. In seventeen years, that number has dropped to 40%.
Democrats made up 25.3% of the voters in 2001, while 19.5% were registered as Republicans.
Today, New Jersey is 37.9% Democratic, 21.9% Republican, and 39% unaffiliated.