New Jersey is still on track to have one million more Democrats than Republicans within the next year, with Democratic voter registration outperforming the GOP by a more than 3-1 margin so far in 2019.
Democrats now outnumber Republicans by 952,705, according to the state Division of Elections. That’s up 5,681 since last month.
Since the start of this year, the state has added 26,769 more Democrats and 8,303 more Republicans.
At the same time, the number of unaffiliated voters – sometimes known as independents – has dropped by 11,122. New Jersey is on pace to have more Democrats than unaffiliateds for the first time in state history. The gap now stands at just 138,5892 – down from 147,216 last month.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Democratic voter registration in New Jersey has increased by 174,284. The number of new Republicans is less than half that: 84,128.
In 2001, the last time Republicans had a governor and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, 55% of New Jersey voters were not affiliated with either political party. In eighteen years, that number has dropped to 39.9%.
Democrats made up 25.3% of the voters in 2001, while 19.5% were registered as Republicans. Now Democrats are at 37.5% and Republicans at 21.6%. In raw numbers — and understanding that we’re not talking about the same voters – as unaffiliateds have lost 15% of their market share since 2001, more 80% of those voters are now registered as Democrats.