March 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Percentage of NJ residents who think they are taxed too heavily for what they get

Four out of five New Jerseyans said they pay too much in taxes for what they got, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll conducted for its “2018 State of the Garden State” series. Less than 20 percent disagreed with the majority, saying they get their money’s worth for the state and local taxes they fork over. And by a margin of 64 percent to 6 percent, residents said they got a worse deal than taxpayers in other states.

Property taxes remain the third rail of state politics; three-quarters of all residents said they are unfair, while a whopping 55 percent called them “very unfair.” Despite that, residents are willing to consider new taxes: There is widespread support for a tax on legalized marijuana, as well as a millionaires tax.