NEW JERSEY 14 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, NJ Division of Elections)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
8,882,190
Total Enrollment, Nov. 2020
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New Jersey has: 21 counties.

Largest counties (nine more than 500,000): Bergen, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth.
Largest cities: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth. 

Government
Governor: Phil Murphy (D) elected in 2017. 
State Legislature: New Jersey Legislature   House: 80 seats  Senate: 40 seats
Local: Municipal and County Government   NACO
U.S. House: 10D, 2R - 1.D.Norcross (D) | 2. J.Van Drew (R) | 3. A.Kim (D) | 4. C.Smith (R) | 5. J.Gottheimer (D) | 6. F.Pallone, Jr. (D) | 7. T.Malinowski (D)8. A.Sires (D) | 9. B.Pascrell, Jr. (D) | 10. D.Payne, Jr. (D) | 11. M.Sherrill (D) | 12. B.Watson-Coleman (D).  >
U.S. Senate: Cory Booker (D) seeking re-elected 2020, Bob Menendez (D) re-elected in 2018.
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. Cory Booker (D), first elected in an Oct. 2013 special election, is seeking a second full term.  Booker sought the Democratic presidential nomination, ending his campaign on Jan. 13, 2020.  Challenging Booker are entrepreneur, pharmacist and attorney Dr. Rik Mehta (R), organizer and activist Madelyn Hoffman (G), Veronica Fernandez (I) and Daniel Burke (I).
U.S. House: All 12 Members are seeking re-election.  Republicans are looking to recoup some of their 2018 losses.  The closest race is expected to be in NJ-2 (the southern third of the state).  Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R), elected as a Democrat in 2018, switched to the Republican Party on Dec. 19, 2019.  He faces educator Amy Kennedy (D), Jesse Ehrnstrom (L) and Jenna Harvey (I).
Ballot Measures:
Voters will consider constitutional amendments to provide property tax deduction and exemption for peacetime veterans and to legalize marijuana. >

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The Garden State 
General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 13, 2020 (21 days before election).
Election Timeline

Vote by Mail
On Aug. 14, 2020 Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order establishing a modified vote by mail election under which
county elections officials will send ballots with pre-paid postage to all active registered voters.  There will still be some polling places for in-person voting.  Further, ballots postmarked Nov. 3 will be counted if received by county clerk by 8 p.m. on Nov. 10.  On Aug. 18 the Trump campaign, RNC and state Republican party filed a lawsuit charging Murphy had usurped the legislature's power in a "brazen power grab (+)."
On the ballot

 
Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Blankenship/Mohr (Const.)


De La Fuente/Richardson (All.)


Hammons/Bodenstab (Unity)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


La Riva/Freeman (SandL)








Overview: The political terrain in New Jersey has shifted markedly towards the Democrats since 2016.  Phil Murphy (D) succeeded Chris Christie (R) as governor, and the balance in the U.S. House, which was 6D, 6R, is now 10D, 2R.
   
Although New Jersey is solidly in the Democratic column, the state is getting a fair number of visits from President Trump; Factbase (>) reports that as of Aug. 15, 2020 he has spent 102 days at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster (>).  In addition to golf, the club has been the setting for a number of high dollar fundraisers for the campaign including one on the evening of June 13 that raised a reported $3 million (this was Trump's second in-person fundraiser after a three-month break due to the pandemic).  Not surprisingly there have also been a number of protests (+).

Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, June 2, 2020 July 7, 2020
Democrats
146 Delegates: 84 District, 28 At-Large, 14 PLEO, 20 Unpledged.
Biden 813,693 (85.29%), Sanders 140,336 (14.71%).  Total 954,029.
Republicans
Trump 404,214 votes.


General Election Winners in New Jersey, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
42.95%
Clinton
53.72%
Gore
56.13%
Kerry
52.92%
Obama
57.24%
Obama
58.34%
Clinton
55.45%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 6,042,792.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.1%.


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 18, 2016 (21 days before election).


Official Results >

 
+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
2,148,278
(55.45)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,601,933
(41.35)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
72,477
(1.87)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
37,772
(0.98)
Castle/Bradley (Const.)
6,161
(0.16)
Kennedy/Hart (SWP)
2,156
(0.06)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (ADP)
1,838
(0.05)
Moorhead/Lilly (WWP)
1,749
(0.05)
La Riva/Puryear (PSL)
1,682
(0.04)
Total.........3,874,046




Overview: Gov. Chris Christie's strong support of Donald Trump did not help the Republican standard-bearer in this reliably Democratic state.  The Clinton/Kaine ticket won with a plurality of 546,345 votes (14.10 percentage points), carrying 12 counties to nine for Trump.
   Significant efforts focused on helping out in neighboring Pennsylvania, a battleground state, but there was some campaign activity here.  On July 6 Hillary Clinton delivered a speech on Donald Trump's "failed" business record, in front of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Tim Kaine did a fundraiser in East Brunswick on Sept. 28, and Chelsea Clinton was the featured guest at a fundraiser hosted by Mayor Steve Fulop in Jersey City on Oct. 15.  Donald Trump made a number of visits to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, including meetings with Gov. Mike Pence (July 2) and Sen. Joni Ernst (July 4) as part of his vice presidential search and in the latter part of August for debate preparation. Pence made an unplanned stop on July 16 when his flight back to Indiana was delayed; he had a quick dinner with his family at Chili's near the airport in Teterboro.  No visits by the Libertarian candidates were noted.  Jill Stein visited twice.  On Sept. 17 she participated in a March for Environmental Justice in Red Bank and an evening event at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  On Nov. 4 she did an evening rally and town hall forum at Montclair State University in Montclair.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,882,974.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 61.9%.


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 16, 2012 (21 days before election).

Registration: Dem. 1,787,480 (28.50%)   Rep. 1,084,757 (17.29%)   Unaffil. 2,621,197 (41.79%)  Grn. 1,203   Lib. 1,899   Ref. 71  Const. 164   Nat. 37   Conserv. 514...  Total: 5,497,322


Official Results >

 
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
2,122,786
(58.34)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,478,088
(40.62)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.) 21,035
(0.58)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
9,886
(0.27)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
2,063
(0.06)
Anderson/Rodriguez (Jus.) 1,723
(0.05)
Boss/Pasternak (NSA)
1,024
(0.03)
Harris/DeLuca (SWP)
709
(0.02)
Miller/Bertram (AmThird)
664
(0.02)
Lindsay/Osorio (PS&L)
521
(0.01)
Total........3,638,499

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2012 Overview
Gov. Chris Christie 's praise of President Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy  and tarmac appearance with Obama rubbed many Republicans the wrong way.  Hurricane Sandy posed challenges to election officials.  As with many non-battleground states, turnout was down from 2008 (229,738 fewer votes cast in the presidential race, a decrease of 5.9%).  The Obama/Biden ticket won with a plurality of 644,698 votes (17.72 percentage points).  Obama carried 12 counties to eight for Romney (Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren) and the vote in Salem County was tied.
General Election Details
Obama  |  (Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,844,477.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 66.2%.


Total ballots cast 3,910,220 (a record)
Total ballots rejected: 32,168


Registration: Dem. 1,782,556 (33.31%)   Rep. 1,055,403 (19.72%)   Unaffil. 2,511,367 (46.93%)  Other Parties 2,189 (0.04%)...   Total: 5,351,669.
Official Results >


+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
2,215,422
(57.27)
McCain/Palin (Rep.) 1,613,207
(41.70)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
21,298
(0.55)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
8,441
(0.22)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.)
3,956
(0.10)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
3,636
(0.09)
Moore/Alexander (SPUSA)
699
(0.02)
Boss/Psoras (VH)
639
(0.02)
Calero/Kennedy (SWP)
523
(0.01)
La Riva/Puryear (S&L)
416
(0.01)
Total........3,868,237


2008 Overview
New Jersey received limited attention (visits).  The Obama/Biden ticket won with a plurality of 602,215 votes (15.57 percentage points).  Obama carried 14 counties to 7 for McCain (Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Sussex, and Warren).
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,663,201.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 63.8%.


Total ballots cast: 3,638,153

Total ballots rejected: 24,017

Registration:  Dem. 1,163,224 (23.24%)   Rep. 884,801 (17.67%)   Unaffil. 2,938,562 (58.70%)  Ind. 18,077 (0.36%)  Others 1,295 (0.03%)...  Total: 5,005,959.
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
1,911,430
(52.92)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,670,003
(46.24)
Nader/LaMarche (Ind.) 19,418 (0.54)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 4,514
(0.12)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.)
2,750
(0.08)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.)
1,807
(0.05)
Van Auken/Lawrence (SEP)
575
(0.02)
Brown/Herbert (SPUSA)
664
(0.02)
Calero/Hawkins (SWP)
530
(0.01)
Total........3,611,691
 

2004 Overview
Despite the Democratic ticket's margin of 15.84 percentage points in 2000 and 17.86 percentage points in 1996, Republicans made an effort in New Jersey (transcript), and they did significantly cut the Democratic plurality to 241,427 votes (6.68 percentage points).
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,601,788.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 56.9%


Total ballots cast: 3,219,650 
Total ballots rejected: 9,037

Registration:  Dem. 1,179,577 (25%)   Rep. 876,386 (18%)   Unaffil. 2,641,861 (56%)   Ind. 12,944 (1%)...  Total 4,710,768.
+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
1,788,850
(56.13)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,284,173
(40.29)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
94,554
(2.97)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
6,312
(0.20)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
6,989
(0.22)
Hagelin/Ticiati (Ind.)
2,215
(0.07)
McReynolds/Hollis (SPUSA)
1,880
(0.06)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
1,409
(0.04)
Harris/Trowe (SWP)
844
(0.03)
Total........3,187,226


2000 Overview
The Gore-Lieberman ticket won New Jersey with a plurality of 504,677 votes (15.84 percentage points), carrying 14 counties to 7 for Bush-Cheney (5 of which were in the northwest corner). Some Garden State Republicans believe a weak Bush state organization contributed to the poor showing and to down-ticket defeats.  In the U.S. Senate race, Jon Corzine (D) outspent Bob Franks (R) by $54.0 million to $3.8 million and won by 50.1% to 47.1% (1,511,237 to 1,420,267).  There were a couple of close House races: in the 12th Rep. Rush Holt (D) defeated former Rep. Dick Zimmer (R) by 651 votes (146,162 to 145,511); in the 7th Mike Ferguson (R) defeated Maryanne Connelly (D) by about 15,000 votes. 
General Election Actitivities

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.).......1,436,206 (42.95)
Bush (Rep.)...........1,356,865 (40.58)
Perot (Ind.)...............521,829
 (15.61)
Others (10).................28,694
(0.86)
Total........3,343,594

1996
Clinton (Dem.).......1,652,329 (53.72)
Dole (Rep.)...........1,103,078 (35.86)
Perot (Ref.)..............262,134
(8.52)
Nader (Grn.)..............32,465
(1.06)
Others (6)..................25,801
(0.84)
Total........3,075,807