Poll shows corruption frustrates NJ public

    By: Phil Gregory

    Corruption in New Jersey has a long and storied history, and last month’s sweep and arrests of several public officials have prompted some public outrage.

    By: Phil Gregory
    Philgregorynews@Gmail.com

    Corruption in New Jersey has a long and storied history, and last month’s sweep and arrests of several public officials have prompted some public outrage. But a new poll shows that corruption continues to trail behind other issues on the minds of voters.

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    93% of likely voters in the latest Quinnipiac University poll say corruption is a big problem in New Jersey. And two thirds of them say they’re embarrassed to live in a state where politicians are pictured in handcuffs. But poll director Maurice Carroll says all the concern about corruption may not be the major factor in how people vote on election day

    Carroll: As an issue people hardly mention it. 6 percent. As issues they mention things that affect them. Taxes 31%. The economy 20%. The state budget 8%.

    A Monmouth University Poll immediately after last month’s arrests also indicated corruption is low on the list of voter concerns.

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