Property Tax Relief First: NJ Poll

NJ voters show less support for Christie's income tax cut.

There’s no debate about the tough fiscal choices facing the NJ budget to be unveiled on Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie.

He’s expected to propose a $30 billion budget that could include the first phase of an income tax cut that will cost $150 million.

A new poll shows 52 percent of NJ voters support the governor’s plan for a 10 percent income tax cut. But 76 percent would favor a plan to reduce property taxes first.

A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll also shows voters anticipate a median savings of nearly $750 with an income tax cut of 10 percent. The actual savings would be just under $100 per year for a taxpayer making $50,000 and about $275 for those making $100,000.

The poll also shows strong partisan differences in support for an income tax cut -- 72 percent of
Republican voters want it, while only 38 percent of Democrats offer support.

Some Democrats complain the cut disproportionately benefits the wealthy. But Christie could add a request to revive the earned income tax cut that benefits poor working families to help blunt that criticism.

The survey questioned 914 registered voters statewide from Feb. 9-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

See the complete poll results here.

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