|2012 POLLS (Obama vs. Romney)|
2010 Census Reapportionment: New Jersey lost one electoral vote, giving it 14 through the 2020 presidential election.
New Jersey, one of the 13 original colonies, joined the Union in December 1787 and has participated in all 57 presidential elections. Thanks to the density of its population, New Jersey has more electoral votes per square mile than any state except Rhode Island. Its 14 electoral votes make it a rich prize. New Jersey has gone Democratic in the last six elections, after voting Republican in eight out of the previous 10. Barack Obama won the state over Mitt Romney by a margin of 58% to 41% in 2012.