The End of the Orthodox Voting Bloc?

The New Jersey gubernatorial race suggests that increasing numbers of haredi Jews are now voting based on personal conviction rather than communal pragmatism.

Jewish voters marking their ballots on November 8, 2016, in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan.

Jewish voters marking their ballots on November 8, 2016, in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan.

Shlomo Zuckier
Observation
Nov. 10 2021
About the author

Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier is a Research Fellow at Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion. A founder of The Lehrhaus, he recently completed a PhD in Judaic studies at Yale University.

Among the elections garnering national media attention last week was the New Jersey gubernatorial race, which pitted the incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy against the Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. The morning after the election, when votes were still being counted and it appeared that Murphy was set to win by the narrowest of margins, Dave Wasserman, a respected beltway analyst, tweeted:

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