Voters in two New Jersey towns have decided whether to exceed the state's 2 percent cap on property taxes.

Medford Township voters approved a tax increase by a margin of 3,574 votes to 2,729 on Tuesday. However, Lawrence Township rejected an increase with 2,501 votes compared to 1,282.

Gov. Chris Christie had urged voters in both towns to reject the referendums.

Medford officials had warned residents that trash pick-up would be eliminated and municipal employees would likely be laid off if the referendum didn't pass.

Lawrence Township officials said they would charge households a $28 monthly garbage collection fee if voters said no.

New Jersey towns can't raise their tax levy by more than 2 percent without asking voters.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report