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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
New Jersey

New Jersey has a good record of picking the presidential winner and the strong support for Bill Clinton in 1996 hints the Republicans might be losing ground, despite a strong showing in the 1980s.

Key facts
Population: 7,987,933 (ranked 9 among states)
Governor: Christine Todd Whitman (R)
Electoral College votes: 15
Several notable politicians come from New Jersey. Former president Woodrow Wilson became governor in 1911 and more recently aspiring presidential candidate Bill Bradley served three terms as a New Jersey senator, retiring in 1996.

Another presidential hopeful from New Jersey is millionaire Steve Forbes who has a 500 acre mansion in the state.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 7 Democrats, 6 Republicans
Senate: 2 Democrats
Within the borders of Bruce Springsteen's home state, "the Garden State," are the skyscrapers of Newark, the beaches of Cape May and the mountains of the Appalachian range. New Jersey also has an amazing network of highways, many of which are lined with chemical plants.

The state is one of the most densely populated in the USA and has a reputation of being not pretty to look at. It is home to Princeton University and exceptionally wealthy areas such as Morris Country, with some of the highest incomes in the nation.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 54%, Dole 36%
1992: Clinton 43%, Bush 41%, Perot 16%
1988: Bush 56%, Dukakis 43%
The majority of the population lives close to New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey also has a large and diverse immigrant population.

The 1990s brought prosperity to the area and today the state's economy generates more jobs than either New York or Pennsylvania. Atlantic City takes more from gambling than Las Vegas while the state is home to the big league basketball, football and hockey franchises.

But New Jersey also has its blighted and troubled districts like the tenth and old industrial cities such as Paterson.

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