Corzine’s toll hikes unpopular with public

Most New Jerseyans know about Gov. Corzine’s debt restructuring plan, and they don’t like what they’ve heard so far, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released this morning.

Although 89% of New Jerseyans agree with Corzine that the state is in a fiscal crisis, 56% said that they opposed the plan, while only 15% expressed support. 29 percent of the public said that they were withholding judgement for now, but when asked which way they leaned, a majority said they were more inclined to oppose the plan.

The opposition cuts across the political spectrum with 68% of Republicans, 48% of Democrats and 57% of independents opposing it. Only 19% of Democrats favor the plan.

“The governor has finally taken his so-called ‘super-secret’ toll road plan out for a test drive and the state’s initial reaction is to put it back in the garage,” said Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray.

What’s more, public faith is not absolute in Corzine’s debt cutting abilities. Only 17% of respondents said that they have “a lot” of trust in Corzine’s promise to freeze spending, while 44% trust him “a little” and 35% “do not trust him at all.”

The poll surveyed 804 New Jersey residents with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%. Corzine’s toll hikes unpopular with public