STATE – New Jersey voters will elect representatives to Congress as well as a host of officials at the county and local levels today. They will also vote on a Constitutional amendment that would prevent state lawmakers and the governor from using money deposited in New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund for other purposes.
All 13 of New Jersey’s Congressional representatives are up for re-election. Currently, Democrats hold 8 seats while Republicans have 5, but that could change tonight. Republican Jon Runyan is mounting a strong challenge to Democrat John Adler in the Third District, which includes parts of Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties.
Tea Party-backed Republican Anna Little is running a strong grass roots campaign in the Sixth District, which includes parts of Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union counties. She could surprise Democrat Frank Pallone, who is seeking re-election.
In the Seventh District, which includes parts of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties, Republican Leonard Lance is seeking re-election against Democrat challenger Ed Potosnak. In the Tenth District, which includes all or parts of Essex, Hudson and Union counties, Republican Michael Alonso and independents Joanne Miller and Robert Louis Toussaint are hoping to unseat Democrat Donald Payne.
In the 12th District, which includes parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties, Republican Scott Sipprelle is running a strong campaign to unseat Democrat Rush Holt. In the 13th District, which includes parts of Essex, Hudson, Middlesex and Union counties, Democrat Albio Sires faces challenges from Republican Henrietta Dwyer and independents Maximo Gomez Nacer and Anthony Zanowic.
In Middlesex and Union counties, three seats on the board of freeholders are on the ballot, along with the county clerk and county sheriff’s offices.
There are contested mayoral elections in Berkeley Heights, Carteret, Garwood, Highland Park, Linden, New Providence, Rahway, Roselle Park, South Amboy, South Brunswick and South Plainfield. There are council or committee races in 26 towns.
Voters can find their polling place by checking their sample ballots or calling the county board of elections. The polls will remain open until 8 p.m.
Any voting problems or questions should be directed to the Middlesex County Board of Elections at 1-732-745-3471 or the Union County Board of Elections at 1-908-527-4123.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has established an Election Day Hotline to receive and respond to reports of election irregularities, voter intimidation or any other activities that would interfere with a citizen’s right to vote on Nov. 2. The Election Hotline – 1-609-656-2558 – is available for both English and Spanish-speaking callers.
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