PATERSON — New Jersey's attorney general will be keeping an eye on voting next week in elections in two of the state's largest cities.

Attorney General spokesman Lee Moore says the office will have deputy attorney generals in Newark and Paterson to act as roaming monitors.

There will also be state troopers assigned.

Moore declined to say how many attorney general staffers will be deployed, but says they are used when the attorney general determines they are necessary in order to safeguard the voting process.

They'll be deployed to Paterson, where the majority of the candidates for mayor and city council signed a letter requesting the oversight.

Monitors will also oversee Newark's mayoral race, a contentious battle between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries to fill the seat vacated by Cory Booker.

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