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Election Day Tomorrow for NJ Local Races

Monday, May 10, 2010

Voters in dozens of New Jersey cities and towns are set to head to the polls in local elections tomorrow. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: 86 of the state's 566 municipalities hold what are billed "non-partisan" contests that determine who gets to be mayor and serve on the town or city council.

The most high profile of these elections is in Newark where Mayor Cory Booker is seeking re-election. He's major opponent is former Essex County Prosecutor Cliff Minor. Paterson Mayor Jose Torres is in a three-way race that has focused on managing the local police. In Trenton, the retirement of long time Mayor Doug Palmer has cleared the way for no fewer than 10 Mayoral hopefuls.

Generally voter turnout is low compared to the fall elections but thanks to a recent change in the law, "non-partisan" municipalities will have the option next year to shift their elections to November. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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