NJ Voters Tackle Budget Woes [AUDIO]
Having no problem admitting the state's financial situation is dismal, New Jersey voters sound off in a new poll on how to address the issue.
Nearly 90 percent of New Jersey voters told a Quinnipiac University Poll the state's budget problems are "very serious" or "somewhat serious," and many of them are willing to squeeze state workers a bit in response.
While most opposed layoffs or furloughs for state employees, the majority showed support for a wage freeze and reduced pension benefits for new workers.
"While the George Washington Bridge scandal dominates the headlines, voters are starting to recognize that the budget squeeze is a big problem and they're prepared to look at cuts in public-employee pensions," said Maurice Carroll, the poll's assistant director.
By a 57 to 32 percent margin, voters suggest the state cut services rather than raise taxes to balance the budget. An overwhelming 65 percent gave a thumbs-down to an increase in the state's gasoline tax.