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NJ election results: Did ballot questions pass?

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New Jersey election results will be posted tonight. Getty Images

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As the nation waits for the results of a historic presidential race, New Jersey also awaits the results of controversial ballot questions and tense local races that threaten to oust incumbents from office.

With still not all districts counted at 11 p.m., voters were overwhelmingly defeating a ballot question to allow casinos in North Jersey.

Ballot Question 2 — which asked voters to dedicate an unpopular gas tax hike to the Transportation Trust Fund — was headed to victory with about 54 percent of voters saying yes and 46 percent saying no.

Just 2.3 million votes had been counted at 11:00 p.m. For comparison, more than 3.5 million New Jersey voters cast ballots in the 2012 election.

NJ says YES on 2: Voters appear to support gas-tax ballot question

Polls closed at 8 p.m. and results are expected to trickle in through the night. The Associated Press already called New Jersey for Democrat Hillary Clinton. New Jersey awards 14 Electoral College votes to the candidate who carries the state.


New Jersey 101.5 is updating an Electoral College map through the night as results come in across the county.

We also will post election results on the New Jersey ballot questions as counties report them to us, so check back often.

That second ballot question had received fierce opposition from some corners with a #VoteNoOnTwo campaign whipped up by New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno broke with Gov. Chris Christie by coming out against the question. State Sens. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, and Mike Doherty, R-Warren, and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. 7th District, also urged voters to say no.

We’re also following the close race in the 5th Congressional district between U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett and Democrat Josh Gottheimer. With most votes counted at 10:50 p.m., Gottheimer was leading the Republican incumbent with 52 percent with a landslide victory in Bergen County. The district also includes Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.

In Monmouth County, where Democratic challengers mounted a serious challenge, the Republican incumbent sheriff, surrogate and two freeholders appeared to heading to victory with a comfortable lead.

Ballot Question No. 1 vote totals (unofficial results, most districts reporting, as of 1 a.m. Wednesday)

STATE TOTAL 730,349 2,009,659
ATLANTIC 89,956 6,065
BERGEN 76,355 211,906
BURLINGTON 25,325 89,147
CAMDEN 29,312 115,664
CAPE MAY 33,002 3,527
CUMBERLAND 6,042 35,210
ESSEX 55,302 143,544
GLOUCESTER 20,927 99,569
HUDSON 42,073 92,806
HUNTERDON 12,317 42,700
MERCER 28,216 93,464
MIDDLESEX 54,331 185,848
MONMOUTH 55,002 199,415
MORRIS 41,474 139,468
OCEAN 36,093 195,874
PASSAIC 32,676 76,433
SALEM 6,945 22,377
SOMERSET 19,573 66,260
SUSSEX 22,639 50,956
UNION 33,034 110,422
WARREN 9,755 29,004

Ballot Question No. 2 vote totals (unofficial results, most districts reporting, as of 1 a.m. Wednesday)

STATE TOTAL 1,447,984 1,224,975
ATLANTIC 49,330 43,695
BERGEN 175,946 98,046
BURLINGTON 60,424 53,899
CAMDEN 72,071 73,466
CAPE MAY 20,792 15,620
CUMBERLAND 18,718 20,244
ESSEX 122,348 72,227
GLOUCESTER 58,739 61,205
HUDSON 73,469 47,364
HUNTERDON 28,694 32,830
MERCER 60,703 58,666
MIDDLESEX 121,046 117,475
MONMOUTH 123,547 130,057
MORRIS 108,096 71,339
OCEAN 106,905 124,750
PASSAIC 63,384 43,840
SALEM 2,272 6,543
SOMERSET 45,652 39,241
SUSSEX 43,794 29,417
UNION 74,230 64,356
WARREN 17,824 20,695

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-438-1015 or email

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