March 17, 2016 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who oppose an increase in the gas tax

The Transportation Trust Fund may be running on empty, but fueling it up using a gas-tax hike doesn’t sit well with many New Jerseyans. According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 56 percent of those surveyed opposed boosting the gas tax, while 42 percent supported it — virtually unchanged in the past 18 months.

At the same time, New Jersey residents feel that the state is not spending enough money on road, highway, and bridge maintenance.

The sweetener for a bump in the gas tax is supposed to be a cut in estate and inheritance taxes, but apparently it isn’t sweet enough to sway residents. Thirty-seven percent (up six points since last October) would be more likely to support an increase if it were linked to a cut in estate taxes, but 49 percent (up five points) said this compromise would make them less supportive of a higher gas tax. Nine percent said it would make no difference, and 5 percent remained unsure.