NEWARK - Voters have chosen Ras Baraka to lead New Jersey's largest city after its former mayor left for the U.S. Senate.

Newark residents on Tuesday were choosing between City Councilman Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. 

Baraka will take the seat previously held by Cory Booker, who stepped down last year after bringing a dose of celebrity to the office.

Luis Quintana, a municipal council official, has been serving as interim mayor since Booker's departure.

The race featured an expensive television advertising war in recent weeks.

State monitors were on-hand to ensure fair elections.

Since 1954, there have been only five elected mayors in Newark.