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July 1, 2014

New Jersey voters are uncertain about who should get much of the blame for this year's pension crisis, but they do think it should be spread around and they don’t think the situation has been handled wisely, according to a new poll from Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press.

When asked whether they approve or disapprove of the governor’s decision to put off scheduled payments to the pension system 49 percent said they didn’t know; 38 percent said they disapproved; and 13 percent said they approved. When asked who was to blame for the problem, 35 percent said Christie was “a lot to blame," while 59 percent said the state legislature was “a lot to blame.”

This kind of dichotomy was evidenced in other poll questions, namely whether respondents approved of Christie’s performance or not. About 50 percent of voters said yes, they approve of the job he’s doing -- even 37 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of public workers support him.

But when asked if their general impression of him was favorable, only 45 percent said yes; 46 percent said they believe he was personally involved in the closure of the George Washington Bridge toll lanes last year; and 55 percent believe he is more concerned with his own political future than governing the state of New Jersey.

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