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Analyzing the Numbers of North Jersey’s 2020 Congressional Races

With the votes cast for the 2020 elections certified, the Federal races in New Jersey are officially over.

Besides Morris County, counties making up North-JerseyNews.com coverage area can clearly be categorized as either Red or Blue after the recent President and Congressional elections.

With results fully counted, it is clear the counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson carried the winning campaigns of Democrats, while Warren and Sussex counties are some of the most dependable counties in New Jersey for Republicans.

In the race for President, Joe Biden won the state by a 57%-41% margin. Biden received 863,336 votes from four counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic. If you were to include the votes from Morris County, the President-elect received 38.5% of his total vote statewide from those five counties.  

Senate Race

The competitiveness of Morris County was exemplified by the U.S. Senate race that saw Cory Booker defeat GOP challenger Rik Mehta. Despite winning the state by the same 57%-41% margin as Biden, Booker underperformed Biden’s total in the county. Booker received 146,148 versus Mehta’s total of 141,373 in Morris; Biden received 153,881 votes in the county.

The race for the 5th Congressional Districts showcased the outsized effect Beregn has on the district. Challenger Frank Pallotta was able to win Passaic, Sussex and Warren by margins of  3,120, 11,092 and 6,576, respectively. But that was not nearly enough to beat Rep. Josh Gottheimer, who carried Bergen by nearly 53,000 votes.

Race for the 11th

In winning the 11th Congressional District, the voters in Essex County basically provided the total margin of victory in the race. Rep. Mikie Sherrill defeated Republican Rosemary Becchi by an overall total of 29,150 votes. In Essex, the final tally recorded a 27,450 advantage for the now two-term Sherrill.

Veteran Congressman Reps. Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne and Albio Sires each won their races by 40 percentage points, making their district some of the safest in the state. Pascrell’s decisive victory over GOP challenger Bill Prempeh was driven by winning the Passaic County portion of the district by over 60,000 votes, while Sires carried Hudson County by approximately 81,000 versus Jason Mushnick. Payne’s vote total of 146,101 votes in Essex County fueled his easy victory in the 10th Congressional District in the matchup with Jennifer Zinone.

Breakdown of Federal North Jersey Election Results by County:

Presidential election

  • President Donald Trump (R)
  • Overall: 1,883,260 votes (41%)
  • 41% in Bergen with 204,417 votes
  • 22% in Essex with 75,475 votes
  • 26% in Hudson with 65,698 votes
  • 47% in Morris with 141,134 votes
  • 41% in Passaic with 92,009 votes
  • 59% in Sussex with 51,698 votes 
  • 57% in Warren with 34,759 votes
  • Joe Biden (D)
  • Overall: 2,608,327 votes (57%)
  • 58% in Bergen with 285,967 votes
  • 77% in Essex with 266,820 votes
  • 73% in Hudson with 181,452 votes
  • 51% in Morris with 153,881 votes
  • 58% in Passaic with 129,097 votes
  • 39% in Sussex with 34,481 votes 
  • 41% in Warren with 24,901 votes

U.S. Senate 

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D)
  • Overall: 2,541,171 votes (57%)
  • 58% in Bergen with 280,054 votes
  • 78% in Essex with 260,604 votes
  • 74% in Hudson with 176,658 votes
  • 50% in Morris with 146,148 votes
  • 60% in Passaic with 131,195 votes
  • 39% in Sussex with 33,918 votes 
  • 41% in Warren with 24,124 votes
  • Rik Mehta (R)
  • Overall: 1,817,042 votes (41%)
  • 40% in Bergen with 195,193 votes
  • 21% in Essex with 69,750 votes
  • 24% in Hudson with 56,917 votes
  • 49% in Morris with 141,373 votes
  • 37% in Passaic with 80,827 votes
  • 58% in Sussex with 49,884 votes 
  • 57% in Warren with 33,893 votes

5th Congressional District

  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D)
  • Overall: 225,175 votes (53%)
  • 58% in Bergen with 177,378 votes
  • 42% in Passaic with 9,629 votes
  • 39% in Sussex with 22,363 votes 
  • 41% in Warren with 15,805 votes
  • Frank Pallotta (R)
  • Overall: 193,333 votes (46%)
  • 41% in Bergen with 124,748 votes
  • 56% in Passaic with 12,749 votes
  • 59% in Sussex with 33,455 votes 
  • 58% in Warren with 22,381 votes

8th Congressional District

  • Rep. Albio Sires (D)
  • Overall: 176,758 votes (74%)
  • 65% in Bergen with 2,336 votes
  • 74% in Essex with 30,689 votes
  • 74% in Hudson with 120,156 votes
  • Jason Mushnick (R)
  • Overall: 58,686 votes (25%)
  • 34% in Bergen with 1,230 votes
  • 25% in Essex with 10,333 votes
  • 24% in Hudson with 39,346 votes

9th Congressional District

  • Rep. Bill Pascrell (D)
  • Overall: 203,674 votes (66%)
  • 61% in Bergen with 104,655 votes
  • 60% in Hudson with 9,672 votes
  • 74% in Passaic with 89,347 votes
  • Bill Prempeh (R)
  • Overall: 98,629 votes (32%)
  • 37% in Bergen with 63,711 votes
  • 37% in Hudson with 6,005 votes
  • 24% in Passaic with 28,913 votes

10th Congressional District

  • Rep. Donald Payne (D)
  • Overall: 241,522 votes (83%)
  • 89% in Essex with 146,101 votes
  • 76% in Hudson with 44,418 votes
  • Jennifer Zinone (R)
  • Overall: 40,298 votes (14%)
  • 8% in Essex with 13,000 votes
  • 20% in Hudson with 11,785 votes

11th Congressional District

  • Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D)
  • Overall: 235,163 votes (53%)
  • 62% in Essex with 71,053 votes
  • 52% in Morris with 115,556 votes
  • 48% in Passaic with 35,716 votes
  • 44% in Sussex with 12,838 votes
  • Rosemary Becchi (R)
  • Overall: 206,013 votes (47%)
  • 38% in Essex with 43,603 votes
  • 48% in Morris with 107,237 votes
  • 52% in Passaic with 38,608 votes
  • 56% in Sussex with 16,565 votes

One comment

  1. These results show how effective (or pernicious, depending on your point of view) gerrymandering has been in New Jersey. The races in NJ-5 and NJ-11 would not have been nearly as close, were it not for the slicing and dicing of districts in Morris and Passaic Counties.

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