Jersey City voters to decide on hotly contested Airbnb rules

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November 05, 2019 - 8:02 am
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP/1010 WINS) -- Jersey City residents will vote Tuesday on whether to approve restrictions on short-term rental companies like Airbnb.

They've been barraged with television ads and leaflets in recent weeks.

Jersey City has seen short-term rentals increase since New York City cracked down in recent years.

Jersey City's council approved rules that would prohibit renters from sharing their homes, limit how often a home could be rented and forbid short-term rentals in larger buildings.

Airbnb helped advocates force a referendum. The San Francisco-based company says the restrictions will apply to more than 90 percent of the city and unfairly impact renters, most of whom are minorities.

The city says the rules are fair and are aimed more at companies that buy up multiple properties and turn them into de facto hotels.

Statewide, voters will also select all 80 seats in the Democrat-led General Assembly.

A number of local races and a statewide ballot question on whether veterans living in retirement communities should get a $250 property tax deduction are also on the ballot.

Voters in the 1st District are also electing a successor to fill Rep. Jeff Van Drew's state Senate seat since he was elected to Congress.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. County offices have been accepting mail-in ballots for weeks, though.

State data show roughly 600,000 mail-in ballots have been sent. The last time the Assembly topped the ballot in 2015, about 114,000 or nearly 10% of ballots cast were through the mail.