Bayonne’s rent control referendum results can’t be certified yet
Despite 98 percent of the machine votes being tallied, the battle over rent control in Bayonne technically isn’t over, with 415 votes separating the two sides.
The ballot question asked residents if they wanted to overturn the law that allows units to be removed from rent control under certain conditions.
By a 6,568-to-6,153 margin, Bayonne voted Tuesday night to keep the current rent control law.
But with more than 5,000 Hudson County votes not yet counted those sent in by email or regular mail, as well as provisional ballots the referendum will not be certified until tomorrow at the earliest, according to Hudson County Deputy Clerk Janet Larwa.
Larwa said election officials won’t know how many of those are Bayonne ballots until officials go through them all.
Rent control applies to more than 2,000 units in Bayonne, according to city spokesman Joe Ryan.
Source: The Jersey Journal