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Residents gear up for New Jersey primary election

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Voters are gearing up for a major decision in New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie's second term ends in January and more than a dozen candidates are vying to take his place.

The primary election is on June 6th and there are 17 people looking to move on to the November ballot in the governor's race.

"I have to do research, I will do research, I don't want drastic change because I think we are living with too much drastic change on the federal level," said Union Township resident Whitney Wetherill.

Many are worried about new policies that will be signed in Trenton and how a new governor would deal with issues left behind by the Christie administration.

"Right now those problems haven't been attacked. The pension underfunding, the benefits underfunding, and the property tax situation. They still exist," said Clinton, New Jersey resident Mike Sluslar.

Another concern is turnout. Historically it's low for primaries, so it could be the few making the decision for the masses.

Or, could this be the first statement by New Jersey voters after the presidential election?

"I think it's an overkill just focusing on one person, instead of focusing on the problems. We're focusing on the politicians," said Phillipsburg resident German Roldan.

People say when their vote is cast, they hope it will be a candidate ready for new ideas and one who will grow the Garden State, and not just the same rhetoric as the last eight years.

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