While more races and questions will be decided by voters, all eyes were on who will be elected the 110th mayor of New York City and whether Phil Murphy will defeat challenger Jack Ciattarelli for re-election as governor of New Jersey.
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WHEN DO VOTES OPEN AND CLOSE?
In New Jersey, polling stations were open from 6 p.m. 06:00 to 20.00 click here to find your polling station.
In New York, polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. click here to find your polling station.
NEW YORK CITY
NYC MAYOR RACE
Former New York City police chief and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a Democrat, is heavily favored over Republican Curtis Sliwa in Tuesday’s race to become the next mayor of the largest U.S. city.
Adams, who would be the city’s second black mayor, lined up as a moderate in a crowded primary field.
Sliwa, founder of the 1970s-era Guardian Angel anti-crime patrol, has called for the hiring of 3,000 more police officers and has sought to portray Adams as an out-of-touch elite.
Adams has vowed to address public safety and inequality and make the government more efficient.
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MANHATTAN DA’S RACE
Civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, will become Manhattan’s first black district attorney if he wins Tuesday’s contest with Republican lawyer Thomas Kenniff.
Bragg is strongly favored in a part of the city where Democrats are drastically more than Republicans.
The winner will succeed retired District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and take on high-profile cases, including the prosecution of former President Donald Trump’s business and its longtime finance chief for tax fraud.
Bragg has promised to improve transparency and trust and look at alternatives to prosecution for some low-level offenses.
Kenniff, a former prosecutor, says he wants to be a “more traditional” harsh prosecutor against crime.
STATE OF ISLAND BOROUGH PRESIDENT
Former U.S. Representative Vito Fossella is trying to make a political comeback in a battle for the Staten Island Boroughs’ partly ceremonial office.
Fossella left Congress in 2009 after a drunk driving arrest in 2008 and revelations that he had had a child during an extramarital affair in Virginia. At the time, he was New York City’s only Republican in Congress.
He received an important endorsement from former President Donald Trump, which remains popular in some parts of the Republican-oriented neighborhood.
Fossella competes against businessman Mark. S. Murphy, a Democrat, and the Conservative Party candidate Leticia Remauro.
CLICK HERE to find out more about the candidates and the voting proposals.
NEW JERSEY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
Polling stations are closed in New Jersey, with incumbent Democratic President Phil Murphy facing GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli.
Murphy is seeking another term and had several advantages, including a lead in the polls, 1 million more registered voters and more money available than Ciattarelli in the final days of the race.
But the Republican far surpassed his predecessor four years ago in fundraising and has seen the difference in public opinion polls go in his favor. New Jersey and Virginia were the only two states with gubernatorial races Tuesday. If Murphy wins, he will be the first Democrat to be re-elected governor of New Jersey since 1977.
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NEW JERSEY LEGISLATION
All 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislative Assembly were on the ballot, and with them democratic control of the Assembly and the Senate.
Democrats control the House by 52 seats to the Republicans 28. In the Senate, Democrats hold 25 seats to the Republicans 15. Republicans have not controlled the Legislative Assembly for two decades.
The New Jersey Legislative Assembly consists of 40 districts, each sending a senator and two constituencies to Trenton. Assembly members serve two years, while senators serve four years with the exception of the first election after the census, which comes this year, where they serve two years.
NEW JERSEY VOTING QUESTION
Voters were asked two questions this year. One asked if one should allow betting on New Jersey college teams or teams from other states whose games are played in New Jersey.
A separate question was asked whether organizations that are allowed to hold lotteries should be able to keep the money to support themselves.
Currently, only veterans and older groups are allowed to use the net proceeds from these games to support their groups. Other groups that are allowed to conduct raffles may only use the proceeds of these games for certain purposes.
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VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RACE
The nation’s most watched off-year election ended Tuesday in Virginia, with voters choosing between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin in a campaign that has become part of a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first year in office.
Barely 12 months after Biden conquered the state by 10 points, the governor’s race should be a comfortable victory for the Democrats. Instead, McAuliffe, a prominent figure in Democratic politics and a former Virginia governor, has been locked in a deadlock with former business leader Youngkin as he tries to reclaim the post.
The bruise campaign has centered on topics including Youngkin’s ties to former President Donald Trump, the future of abortion rights and cultural war struggles over schools.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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