Election Night: NJ votes to give veterans tax credit; Jersey City restricts short-term rentals

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November 05, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Jersey City short term rentals vote

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey voters statewide made their picks for all 80 seats in the Democrat-led General Assembly.

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There were also 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 decided to pass the measure, which is estimated to cost New Jersey between $350,000 and $550,000 annually.

Jersey City residents voted to beef up regulations on short-term rentals, like the ones advertised on Airbnb.

Owners will now be required to get a permit, and there will be a cap on the size and number of units that can be rented. Will the measures approval, the local ordinance would limit rentals of unoccupied units to 60 days a year.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop had been pushing for these regulations, blaming companies like Airbnb for driving up the cost of housing.

Voters in the 1st District also elected a successor to fill Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s seat after he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Bob Andrzejczak was appointed to fill the seat and was seeking re-elected. He was challenged by Republican Mike Testa.

Democrats went into the 2019 election with the largest advantage in the state Assembly since 1978 – and sought to add even more amid backlash in the state against Republican President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Republicans attempted to regain some of the seats they’ve lost in recent years.

Voters selected two Assembly members in each of New Jersey’s 40 districts.

Although polls closed at 8 p.m., county offices have been accepting mail-in ballots for weeks.

State data shows 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.

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