July 13, 2017 | Number of The Day
NJ voters who think property taxes are No. 1 issue in governor’s race

According to the latest Monmouth University poll, fully half (50 percent) of the registered voters who participated point to property taxes as the top problem in the Garden State. What makes this finding ironic rather than simply obvious (we do pay the highest property taxes in the country) is that the top-line takeaway from the poll is that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has opened up a daunting 27-point lead over his opponent, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. What’s ironic about that? Property taxes are Guadagno’s signature issue. Either her message isn’t getting through or the voters don’t like the messenger. Either way, as the governor’s race shifts into high gear, Guadagno has her work cut out for her.