JERSEY CITY - It's Election Day in Jersey City, where residents are electing a mayor and nine city council members.
Mayor Jerramiah Healy is seeking a third full term against City Councilman Steven Fulop and two other challengers: Jerry Walker and Abdul Malik.
Healy has been mayor since 2004, and the 62-year-old is a longtime Hudson County political and legal figure. He is running on a public safety platform. Healy says he has hired 300 more police officers, which has resulted in a lower crime rate in the city.
Fulop has been on the city council since 2006. The 36-year-old former Marine is a Goldman Sachs employee. He hopes that a large turnout will swing the tally in his favor.
Walker and Malik were unavailable for comment Tuesday.
The candidates hope to avoid a runoff election, which will be required unless one of the candidates receives 50 percent of the vote plus one additional vote.