NJ Gubernatorial Election Still Too Close To Call

NJN News Archive: November 4, 1981
Twenty-four hours after the 1981 gubernatorial election polls had closed the winning candidate still had not been determined.  In what was to be the closest election in New Jersey history incumbent Governor Brendan Byrne ordered all voting machines and absentee ballots sealed in order to protect the integrity of the election process.  Both Republican candidate Tom Kean and Democratic candidate Jim Florio were given NJ State Trooper protection and treated as Governor-elect until a final winner could be declared.

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