|New Jersey's 5th congressional district|
Since redistricting in the early 1990s, this congressional district has been L-shaped, comprising the rural northern and western parts of New Jersey along with parts of Passaic and Bergen County. After redistricting in 2011, the 5th district, while still predominantly rural in geographic area, gained suburban and urban Bergen County areas closer to New York City, which contain over 75% of voters. Currently, the district encompasses suburban northern Bergen County, as well as the central urban portion of the county, such as Hackensack.
Historically, most of the areas in the district have generally been favorable for Republicans. This is especially true of the western portion, which contains some of the most Republican areas in the Northeast. However, Bergen County has trended Democratic in recent elections, though not as overwhelmingly as in the more urbanized southern portion of Bergen County, this latter portion being in the Ninth Congressional District. Partly due to a strong performance in Bergen County, Josh Gottheimer unseated 14-year Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in 2016. This made Garrett the only one of the state's 12 incumbents to lose reelection that year.
Counties and municipalities in the district
- Bergen County (43)
- Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Lodi, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Saddle River, Teaneck (part, also 9th), Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Washington Township, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake and Wyckoff
- Sussex County (19)
- Andover Borough, Andover Township, Branchville, Frankford Township, Franklin Borough, Fredon Township, Green Township, Hamburg, Hampton Township, Hardyston Township, Lafayette Township, Montague Township, Newton, Ogdensburg, Sandyston Township, Stillwater Township, Sussex, Vernon Township, Walpack Township and Wantage Township
- Warren County (15)
- Allamuchy Township, Belvidere, Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Hackettstown, Hardwick Township, Hope Township, Independence Township, Knowlton Township, Liberty Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford Township, Washington, Washington Township and White Township
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 52 - 45%*|
|2004||President||Bush 57 - 43%*|
|2008||President||McCain 54 - 45%*|
|2012||President||Romney 51 - 48%|
|2016||President||Trump 49 - 48%|
|2020||President||Biden 52 - 46%|
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Republican||Scott Garrett (incumbent)||167,501||55.0|
|Republican||Scott Garrett (incumbent)||104,678||55.4|
|Independent||Mark D Quick||2,435||1.3|
|Republican||Scott Garrett (incumbent)||157,690||46.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Josh Gottheimer (incumbent)||169,546||56.2|
|Republican||John J. McCann||128,255||42.5|
|Democratic||Josh Gottheimer (incumbent)||225,175||53.2|
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- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present