Primary voters headed to the polls across the state Tuesday, with a focus locally on tightly contested races for Atlantic City mayor and Atlantic County at-large freeholder nominations.
In Atlantic City, Democratic voters will chose between incumbent Mayor Lorenzo Langford and challengers Charles Garrett, an incumbent county freeholder, and David Davidson, a retired police officer. The winner will face Republican Don Guardian in the November general election.
Throughout Atlantic County, Republican primary voters will choose between incumbent freeholder Joe McDevitt and Will Pauls for the at-large freeholder nomination.
In statewide races, Republican Gov. Chris Christie faces a challenge from Somers Point attorney Seth Grossman, while state Sen. Barbara Buono, a Democrat, is running against four minor candidates for the chance to run for governor in the fall.
Poll attendance was light Tuesday morning and afternoon throughout Atlantic City. At many, if not all, of 21 polling places in the city were campaign workers for the Langford campaign wearing white and blue t-shirts and handing out cards.
Joe Rechten, of Atlantic City, was on the sidewalk outside Our Lady Star of the Sea on Arctic Avenue, wearing a red, white and blue vest and Uncle Sam-like top hat. He said he has been working campaigns here for years, and that turnout as of noon on Tuesday was relatively little.
"It's very poor, if you ask me," he said while reaching out to hand passersby a card.
Poll workers at several sites similarly said not many people had come in during the morning, but they expected more later in the day.
Gumersindo Amador, of Atlantic City, was one of the few to vote Tuesday morning at the Richmond Avenue School. He said he was unhappy with the poor condition of the city's roads, and planned on voting for Garrett.
"He's a new face, so we'll give him a shot," he said.
Polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m.