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Poll: Who’s Winning the Budget Battle for NJ’s Hearts and Minds?

Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislators have mounted an all-out messaging war about their spending plans. Is it just a media blitz or is one side edging closer to victory?

It’s now been more than three months since newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy submitted his proposed budget to the state Legislature. In the days and weeks following, he and legislative leaders Steve Sweeney and Craig Coughlin have been wrangling about how to raise revenues to pay for what they generally agree to be spending priorities. Murphy has taken his argument directly to voters. Is it working?

Do you support Murphy’s argument that his budget approach is fiscally sound?

  • Murphy is making an excellent case for his position. When he ran for election, he said he would increase taxes on millionaires and use the money to invest in the middle class. That’s what he’s trying to do. I don’t understand why members of his own party are blocking this.

  • I don’t like the idea of higher taxes but Murphy’s right. We have to fix this state and address our debt, not try to paper over problems with Band-Aids. And the state Legislature’s proposals seem equally bad or worse — who wants New Jersey to have the highest corporate tax rate, particularly when you are trying to boost business?

  • State legislators know New Jersey well, and they understand when people realize their taxes are going up, they will turn on the governor. They don’t want voters turning on them as well. Once the average person starts feeling a tax bite — which is sure to happen regardless, due to federal tax changes — any clear tax hike is going to be very unpopular.

  • I will always be against new taxes, regardless of what anyone says.

  • I don’t really care what they do, I’d just like the budget resolved before we shut down again over the July 4 holiday.

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