Polls to close in N.J. primary election

It is quiet in the polling place inside American Legion Murray-Troutt Post No. 262 in Audubon on primary election day June 3, 2014. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

Polls in New Jersey were slated to close Tuesday at 8 p.m. amid reportedly light voter turnout in the state’s primary election.

Key races in the region include the contests for the U.S. House seats in the first and third Congressional Districts.

The races are highly contested because First District Democrat Rob Andrews stepped down earlier this year for a position at a law firm and Republican Jon Runyan isn't running again for his Third District seat.

In the First District, which includes parts of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, Democrats Frank C. Broomell Jr., Frank W. Minor and Donald W. Norcross are vying to take on the GOP winner in the fall. Republican candidates are Garry W. Cobb, Claire H. Gustafson, Lee Lucas and Gerard McManus.

The Third District race features Democrats Aimee Belgard, Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd and Republicans Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur. The district covers parts of Burlington and Ocean counties.

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, elected to U.S. Senate last year after the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for a full six-year term. Four Republicans are vying to face him in the November general election.

Additionally, competitive primaries are occurring in the races for town council seats in Mount Holly and Washington townships.

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