Poll: Tuition-Free Community College — Smart Move or Dumb Mistake?

NJ Spotlight | September 21, 2017 | Polling
Under the ‘Murphy plan,’ students get a free ride at NJ’s two-year schools. Guadagno says the middle class will wind up footing the bill

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy announced earlier this week that, if he wins the election this fall, his goal is to make community college tuition-free across New Jersey.

The proposal was part of a broader policy platform aimed at improving the state economy by boosting opportunities for women, minorities, and the disabled. But the campaign of Republican candidate Kim Guadagno also weighed in, questioning how state taxpayers would be able to take on the added financial burden — estimated by the Murphy camp to be as much as $200 million — without facing major tax hikes.