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February 8, 2012

A total of 42 percent of New Jerseyans said property taxes and jobs are the two issues that most concern them, according to a recent poll by the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Indeed, when given a list of key issues and asked to rate their importance, property taxes were given the highest rating of "10," by 63 percent of respondents, significantly higher than income taxes, increasing the minimum wage or reforming teacher tenure.

The same poll showed a shift in support in favor of the legalization of gay marriage, with 52 percent now approved and 34 percent opposed, the first time opposition has dipped below 40 percent.

Gov. Chris Christie, while enjoying high approval ratings (52 percent approve to 38 percent disapprove), is also facing an electorate that is beginning to think he is more concerned about a future political career (48 percent vs. 39 percent) than on managing the state.

The state legislature, however, gets low marks: a 35 percent approval vs. 39 percent disapproval. However, that disapproval rating represents a major increase in approval. In April 2010, the state legislature was given a 56 percent disapproval rating.

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