- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey voters will cast ballots for president and U.S. House members and decide whether to expand casino gambling and how to dedicate gas tax revenue.

The most closely watched congressional race is northern New Jersey’s 5th District, which features Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett and Democrat Josh Gottheimer.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are seeking the presidency.

No U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs in New Jersey this year.

A closer look at what New Jersey voters need to know about Tuesday’s election:


Polls in New Jersey open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. New Jersey also allows early voting with mail-in ballots. The deadline for completed vote-by-mail ballots to be delivered to county officials also is 8 p.m. Voters can find their polling place using the state’s website (https://bit.ly/1lZ6JCc). If you didn’t provide identification when you registered, you may be asked for some form of ID, such as a driver’s license or a military or student ID, according to the division of elections.



The presidential race is at the top of the ticket, and all 12 of the state’s U.S. House seats also are up this year. There is no U.S. Senate race.

There are two ballot questions before New Jersey voters. One asks whether casino gambling should be expanded to two as-yet unidentified locations in northern New Jersey.

The other question asks voters whether they want to dedicate every penny of the state’s 37.5 cent gas tax to transportation. Opponents say a yes vote authorizes new borrowing that voters haven’t considered. Advocates say the borrowing is authorized even without the yes vote. They contend that without the dedication, future legislatures and governors could use the gas tax to pay for things, such as “statehouse drapes,” as Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said.



Hours before was to begin, Jeff Gural, who operates the Meadowlands Racetrack, promised the horse racing industry he would give tens of millions of dollars to help the industry if the casino expansion referendum passes and he gets one of the two available licenses.

Gural reached a deal Monday afternoon with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association. It would guarantee, in addition to the 2 percent horse racing subsidy envisioned in the referendum, $30 million a year for purses to be divided equally between thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. It also would guarantee an additional $5 million per year dedicated to the operating expenses at Monmouth Park, and $2 million more to allow for both dirt and turf racing at the Meadowlands beginning in 2019.

The offer is contingent on the referendum winning - which is a long-shot - and Gural being given permission to build one of the two new casinos.



New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino said Monday that 350 deputy attorneys general will be used across the state’s 21 counties to “help ensure a fair and smooth-running election.”

The Division of Elections also said conversations with the FBI and U.S. Homeland Security Department show there has been no voter database breach in New Jersey.

The division says the state does not have online voter registration and it doesn’t allow voting machines to be connected to the internet.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has said he’s seen no evidence of vote-rigging in New Jersey.

The division says it’s working with federal, state and local authorities to look out for suspicious activity.


Associated Press Writer Wayne Parry in Atlantic City contributed to this report.

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