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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was caught today urging a voter to vote yes on a referendum limit that imposes considerable restrictions on short-term rentals.
Electioneering less than 100 feet from a polling location is a 3rd degree crime in New Jersey, but that type of election day activity is rarely prosecuted.
It will be up to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who had a hundred members of his staff in the field today monitoring the election, to decide if Fulop’s violation of state law merits an investigation.
Both sides — supporters of the referendum include Fulop and the Hotel Trades Council — and opponents , like Airbnb and the carpenters union — have combined to spend millions on TV advertising, mail and a sophisticated ground game.