New Jersey’s congressional delegation is now officially tilted in favor of Democrats, after Josh Gottheimer was sworn in on Tuesday to be the new Congressman representing New Jersey’s 5th District, the northernmost in the state. House Speaker Paul Ryan swore Gottheimer into office along with the other members of the 115th Congress, which opened its session Tuesday.
Gottheimer makes the seventh Democrat in the 12-member delegation. He unseated seven-term Republican Scott Garrett last November in a close race. His election gives the blue party a majority in New Jersey’s house delegation for the first time since 2013, when the state lost one of its seats to redistricting.
Gottheimer is one of nine new Democrats in the House. The party gained a net of six seats, but the Republicans still control the House with 241 seats to the Democrats’ 194. The GOP’s lead in the Senate is narrower — 52 to 46, plus two independents who caucus with the Democrats.
Just before his swearing in, Gottheimer tweeted from his new Congressional Twitter feed, @RepJoshG: “Heading over for my swearing in as your U.S. Rep. I’m ready to get to work to deliver results for NJ families. — JG.”