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Polls have opened in New Jersey as voters are choosing Republican Gov. Chris Christie's successor. Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy are the leading candidates. (Nov. 7)

Media: Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the race for New Jersey governor (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has congratulated Democrat Phil Murphy on his election win.

Christie said that he spoke to Murphy after his win Tuesday and promised him his administration's full support to help ahead of his swearing-in Jan. 16.

He promised an open, cooperative transition.

Christie also congratulated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on a "hard fought campaign and a gracious concession."

Murphy aggressively tied Guadagno to Christie throughout the campaign.

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11:10 p.m.

Republican New Jersey state Assemblyman Chris Brown has defeated incumbent Democratic state Sen. Colin Bell in the Atlantic City-based 2nd District.

Brown has represented the district in the Assembly since 2012. His victory represents a pick-up for Republicans from Democrats, who controlled the seat.

A Democrat won Brown's Assembly seat.

Bell was sworn in in October to represent the district after the death this summer of Sen. Jim Whelan.

The 68-year-old Whelan died at his home on Aug. 22 after suffering a heart attack. He had announced in January that he wouldn't seek re-election. Bell was the party's candidate for the seat.

Brown has opposed the state's takeover of Atlantic City and argued against expanding casinos to northern New Jersey

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11:10 p.m.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has won a second term in office.

The Democrat beat back the challenge of lawyer Bill Matsikoudis on Tuesday in the nonpartisan election.

Fulop, a former Marine who served in the Iraq war, has served as mayor since 2013, when he beat incumbent Jerramiah Healy

Fulop says he has put Jersey City on the right track since he took office, pointing to new, upscale housing in the city's Journal Square section as an example.

Matsikoudis had argued that the city has become too expensive for residents. He also accused Fulop of not being the good government reformer that he promised to be when he was first elected.

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11 p.m.

Ravi Bhalla will be the next mayor of Hoboken.

The City Council member topped five other candidates on Tuesday. He will succeed Dawn Zimmer, who decided not to seek a third term in office.

Zimmer had endorsed Bhalla. The new mayor has said he plans on prioritizing infrastructure, commuting and open space.

Bhalla, an Indian-American born in New Jersey, will be the state's first Sikh mayor. The campaign had become heated in recent days when doctored campaign fliers began circulating anonymously attacking Bhalla.

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10:50 p.m.

New Jersey's powerful Democratic Senate president has defeated his Republican rival after the most expensive legislative race in state history.

Sen. Steve Sweeney defeated former Woodstown Councilman Fran Grenier on Tuesday. Grenier had the backing of the state's largest teachers' union, the New Jersey Education Association.

The race saw roughly $15 million in expenditures. The Election Law Enforcement Commission said it was the most expensive legislative contest in New Jersey's history.

The union spent at least $4.5 million to try to defeat Sweeney, leading Sweeney and his supporters to spend nearly $10 million.

Sweeney drew the union's anger when he failed to post for a vote a constitutional amendment requiring pension payments be made quarterly.

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10:50 p.m.

New Jersey's governor-elect says the "days of division are over."

Democrat Phil Murphy beat Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Tuesday. In his victory speech, he told a cheering crowd that he was "extremely humbled, yet grateful and proud" to become the state's next chief executive.

Murphy will succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Chris Christie.

The Democrat has promised to raise income taxes on millionaires, increase funding for public schools and pensions and legalize marijuana. His victory marks the first statewide Democratic win during President Donald Trump's administration after Democrats failed to win special congressional races earlier this year.

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10:40 p.m.

New Jersey voters have signed off on borrowing $125 million for new library construction.

Voters on Tuesday approved a ballot question about authorizing state officials to borrow up to $125 million for library construction projects across the state.

Legislative sponsors of the referendum say 78 percent of libraries across the state are in need of repair.

The bond approval means proceeds from the sale of debt will be used to give grants to public libraries across the state.

The public question voters considered says the money will go to build, equip and expand libraries to increase capacity.

The bond approval contrasts with Republican Gov. Chris Christie's $300 million statehouse renovation, which voters were not asked to consider.

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10:20 p.m.

Republican New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) has congratulated Democrat Phil Murphy on his win in the state's governor's race.

Some people at her campaign party booed at the mention of his name Tuesday, but she told them to clap for him instead.

Murphy says Guadagno is a committed public servant and he wishes her and her family the best. During the race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Chris Christie, Murphy repeatedly tied Guadagno to the unpopular governor.

Guadagno says voters should keep up the fight for lower taxes and a safer state. She says it was a great race and they left no stone unturned.

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10:15 p.m.

New Jersey voters have approved a referendum requiring settlements from natural resources lawsuits go only toward environmental cleanups.

Voters on Tuesday approved a question that asked whether they want to use all the money from natural resources damages to "repair, restore, replace or preserve" the state's natural resources.

Lawmakers and supporters of the legislation say it creates a constitutional dedication for the funds that would prevent future governors and lawmakers from using damages for other purposes.

The issue gained traction after Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration settled a lawsuit with ExxonMobil for $225 million. The settlement came after more than a decade of litigation involving petroleum plants in Bayonne and Linden and gas stations across the state.

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10 p.m.

A Democratic challenger has defeated Republican New Jersey state Sen. Jennifer Beck in Monmouth County's 11th District.

Former Monmouth County Democratic chairman Vin Gopal (goh-PAL') emerged a winner on Tuesday after one of this year's most expensive and closely fought races.

Beck is a marketing firm executive and has served in the Senate since 2008. She was a vocal opponent of last year's transportation trust fund deal, which resulted in a 23-cent gas tax hike while cutting other levies.

The race saw among the highest spending this year. Gopal won in part thanks to a fundraising edge.

Election Law Enforcement Commission records show he spent $653,000 to her $433,000. He also benefited from a joint account with his Assembly running mates that spent $1.1 million.

The district includes Asbury Park and Freehold.

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9:55 p.m.

Thomas Lankey has been re-elected mayor of Edison.

The Democrat won his second term Tuesday by defeating Keith Hahn, the town's former Democratic Chairman who ran as a Republican in the mayoral race.

Hahn, an Edison police officer, was ousted from the Democratic leadership post after a dispute with a Township Committee member.

Democrats have held the mayor's office in Edison for decades.

The election cycle in Edison became heated in the closing days when racist campaign mailers attacking two Asian school board candidates began circulating through the town, demanding to "Make Edison Great Again."

Edison has a large Asian-American community, many of them Chinese and Indian immigrants. More than 45 percent of Edison Township was born abroad, and about a quarter of the township was born in India.

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9:45 p.m.

Republican Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian has conceded defeat in his re-election effort.

City Council President Frank Gilliam declared victory Tuesday night after an aggressive get-out-the-vote operation and after dissatisfaction with a state takeover of the city.

Guardian was the first Republican in a generation to lead Atlantic City.

Guardian had accused Democrats of voter fraud and asked for an investigation, but authorities remained silent through election day.

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9:10 p.m.

A longtime Camden official will be the city's next mayor.

Democratic City Council President Francisco "Frank" Moran coasted to victory Tuesday night. There were no Republicans in the race.

The Camden native will succeed Democrat Dana Redd, who chose not to seek a third term. She had endorsed Moran for the post.

Moran ran on the accomplishments he and Redd have accomplished, including the city's growing commercial development and a county police force that was created in 2013.

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8:50 p.m.

The newly elected governor of New Jersey is thanking his supporters.

Democrat Phil Murphy said he was "honored and humbled" to win Tuesday's race against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. He made the comment in an email sent to volunteers and others involved in his campaign.

Murphy says he's ready to get to work and implement his ideas.

He's promised to raise income taxes on millionaires, increase funding for public schools and pensions and legalize marijuana. His victory marks the first statewide Democratic win during President Donald Trump's administration after Democrats failed to win special congressional races earlier this year.

Murphy made a fortune at Goldman Sachs before serving as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany but has never held office before.

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8:20 p.m.

New Jersey Democrat Phil Murphy has defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie.

Murphy emerged victorious Tuesday after leading Guadagno in the polls and fundraising in a race that revolved in part around the Republican governor's unpopularity.

Murphy relentlessly linked Guadagno to Christie, whose approval ratings are abysmal.

Murphy has promised to raise income taxes on millionaires, increase funding for public schools and pensions and legalize marijuana. His victory marks the first statewide Democratic win during President Donald Trump's administration after Democrats failed to win special congressional races earlier this year.

Murphy made a fortune at Goldman Sachs before serving as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany but has never held office before.

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8 p.m.

Polls have closed in New Jersey where voters chose Republican Gov. Chris Christie's successor.

Democrat Phil Murphy has led Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the polls and fundraising.

Murphy steered the campaign toward the unpopular term-limited incumbent, linking Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) to Christie frequently. He also tried to rouse Democrat-leaning New Jersey's dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump.

He has promised to block Trump on immigration policies if elected.

Guadagno focused on lowering property taxes, but she also tacked toward Trump's messaging when she called for banning sanctuary cities.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states electing governors on Tuesday.

The race is being analyzed for signs on how next year's midterm elections could go, and on how voters view Trump's administration.

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7:45 p.m.

New Jersey voters on Tuesday were voting for all 120 seats in the Democrat-led Legislature, and by the end of the day one of those lawmaker was considering running for Congress.

Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo announced Tuesday he plans to retire from Congress rather than run for re-election next year.

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew says he's "really very seriously considering" running for the seat.

He has represented the southern New Jersey-based 1st Legislative District in the Senate for a decade, and for six years in the Assembly before that. He says he will decide in a couple of weeks on whether to run.

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7:15 p.m.

Election Day seems to be running smoothly in New Jersey.

Division of Elections Spokeswoman Jennifer Stringfellow says no major issues have been reported as of early Tuesday night. The polls are scheduled to close at 8 p.m.

Voters are choosing between Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh), Democrat Phil Murphy and five third-party candidates. They're also choosing lawmakers in the state Legislature and voting on two ballot questions.

Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive and Obama administration ambassador to Germany.

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1 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has tweeted her Election Day support for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

Clinton on Tuesday morning sent out a Tweet directed to New Jersey voters, telling them they have a chance to elect Murphy, running mate Sheila Oliver "and other great Dems today."

The former Secretary of State who lost last year's election to President Donald Trump also was featured at a high-price fundraiser for Murphy last month.

Trump has not tweeted out any messages for Murphy's opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Trump did send out a series of tweets supporting Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie from South Korea on Tuesday.

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12:30 p.m.

The Democratic and Republican candidates running in the race to replace Gov. Chris Christie have cast their ballots.

Democrat Phil Murphy cast his ballot in Middletown Tuesday and told reporters that his election against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) is a referendum on the economy, which he says is not strong.

Guadagno told reporters after voting in Monmouth Beach that her campaigns feels "fabulous" and that the momentum picked up in the last couple of weeks. She says voters can't afford more taxes and a less safe state.

Christie says he voted for Guadagno and that the election is not about him.

Polls are open around the state until 8 p.m.

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Noon

The Republican who is running for governor in New Jersey has voted.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) arrived at her polling place in Monmouth Beach Tuesday with her family aboard her campaign bus. She's ridden the bus as part of a get out the vote drive through the state.

Democrat Phil Murphy is set to vote later in Middletown.

Gov. Chris Christie says he voted for Guadagno. Christie says the election is not about him.

Voter John Holpp of Hamilton disagreed. The 88-year-old said he came to vote because he's "hoping to get rid of Christie."

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11:30 a.m.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie says Tuesday's election is not about him.

Christie says if Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno wins, it's not an affirmation of his eight years and if Democrat Phil Murphy wins, it's not a rejection of his two terms leading New Jersey.

Christie says he voted for Guadagno.

A woman approached the governor to ask why he never worked to merge his town with a neighboring town. Christie said he didn't have the power to do that and told the voter she should run for office.

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6:30 a.m.

Polls have opened in New Jersey as voters are choosing Republican Gov. Chris Christie's successor.

Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) and Democrat Phil Murphy are the leading candidates and are also facing off against five third-party candidates.

Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive and Obama administration ambassador to Germany.

Voters in New Jersey are also choosing lawmakers in the state Legislature and voting on two ballot questions.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.