Nearly one in four voters say employment is the most important issue facing the state this election season, according to a new poll from Stockton.
And while jobs topped the list of issues, it was followed closely by property taxes, which was indentified by 18 percent of voters as the top issue. Eleven percent identified taxes as a top issue and 9 percent said it’s the economy. Education trailed behind the so-called “pocketbook” issues at 7 percent.
And while voters are most concerned about jobs, more than one in three respondents to the poll (39 percent) said property taxes have gone up “a lot” in the past three years, and 41 percent said they have increased “a little.” Only 3 percent said property taxes have gone down, while 12 percent said they have stayed the same over three years.
Still, 60 percent of respondents say the state is going in the right direction, while 27 percent believe the state has gotten off on the wrong track. Fourteen percent are unsure.
That assessment is consistent with support by 58 percent for Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election, with 30 percent supporting state Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger.