New Jersey’s voter rolls increased by 7,366 in December, with the large majority of that increase coming from unaffiliated voters, who increased their numbers by 6,148. The state now has a total of 6,590,904 voters.
Republicans experienced a modest increase in December, growing by 1,953 from 1,508,212 to 1,510,165; Democrats, meanwhile, backslid from 2,577,146 to 2,576,402, a loss of 744 voters.
Despite the loss for the party, Democrats still have more than a million more voters than Republicans, an advantage that will be hard for Republicans to dent. More feasible is for unaffiliated voters to one day overtake the Democratic Party; currently, the electorate is 39.1% Democratic, 36.7% unaffiliated, and 22.9% Republican.
That lopsided advantage for Democrats still almost translated into a loss in last year’s gubernatorial election, however, when Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly defeated former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli 51-48%.
One county worth watching in voter registration statistics – especially in light of Republicans’ South Jersey victories in November – is Salem County, a traditionally competitive county that Republicans have recently begun to dominate.
Salem County Democrats currently outnumber Republicans 14,840 to 14,201 in registered voters, but that advantage is shrinking. In December, Democrats added just nine voters, while Republicans added 136. If that trajectory continues, this June, Salem County Republicans will overtake Democrats for the first time since at least 1992.