Poll: N.J. residents don’t want gas tax hike

A new poll finds New Jersey residents do not want to see taxes raised on gasoline.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Friday finds nearly three in five residents oppose a hike.

The survey was conducted Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 as lawmakers have dug into discussions about how to replenish the state’s funding for transportation projects. Gov. Chris Christie has said that he is open to options on how to pay for transportation projects.

The poll found Democrats and higher earners more receptive to a higher tax than Republicans or lower-income residents.

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It also found that residents strongly oppose the idea of borrowing to pay for road and bridge work.

The telephone poll of 842 randomly selected new Jersey adults had a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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