New Jersey gubernatorial candidates clash over property taxes

Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, right, answers a question during a gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Phil Murphy at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, pool)

Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, right, answers a question during a gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Phil Murphy at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, pool)

New Jersey’s property taxes — the country’s highest — are taking center stage in the second and final debate gubernatorial debate.

Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagnoclashed Wednesday over what polls show is a big issue in the Nov. 7 contest.

Murphy called Guadagno’s plan to cap a portion residents’ property taxes at 5 percent of income a “gimmick.” Guadagnosays her plan could save voters an average of $800 annually.

The candidates met Wednesday at William Paterson University in a debate broadcast on CBS stations in New York and Philadelphia. They’re campaigning to succeed GOP Gov. Chris Christie.

Murphy and Guadagno debated last week , and their lieutenant governor candidates met Monday .

Murphy leads Guadagno in polling. He has $5 million to Guadagno’s $1 million in reserves.

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