New Jersey voters today are choosing party candidates for the November General Election.

Sign pointing the way to voting machines (Craig Allen, Townsquare Media NJ)

Only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans can cast votes in the state's closed primary. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

A handful of state Assembly seats will be decided, and voters in some communities are also casting ballots for freeholder, county executive or other local races.

In Ocean County, 9th district Assembly members Brian E. Rumpf and DiAnne C. Gove are being challenged by Republicans Frederic R. Kociban and Howard Height. Republican Freeholders John Bartlett and Gerry Little are facing opposition from Victoria McErlean and Josh Prizer.

The Lacey Township Committe race has five Republicans seeking two ballot spots: Mayor Gary Quinn, James LeTellier, Eric Schubiger, Tim McDonald and Thomas Crowell Junior.

In Monmouth County, there are contested races in Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Holmdel, Interlaken and Manalapan.