Lincoln lost New Jersey twice

Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, considered by New Jerseyans as their favorite presidents in a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today, each carried the state twice – and by healthy margins.  But John F. Kennedy, who ranked third, won New Jersey in 1960 by just 22,091 votes.  Abraham Lincoln, who was tied for fourth, lost New Jersey in both of his presidential campaigns.   Democrat Stephen Douglas beat Lincoln in New Jersey by 4,523 votes in 1860, and Democrat George McClellan won by 7,301 votes against Lincoln in 1864.  McClellan, a Civil War General, was elected governor of New Jersey in 1877.

Lincoln lost New Jersey twice