Favor for living in Garden State hits record low

Biggest issue facing New Jerseyans: property taxes

Mike DeNardo
May 29, 2018 - 4:56 pm

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — The percentage of residents who believe New Jersey is a good place to live has hit a record low, according to a new poll.  

The latest Monmouth University Poll reported only 54 percent said New Jersey is an excellent or good place to live.

"When we ask people, 'Just off the top of your head, what's the big issue facing New Jersey?' Forty-five percent — just under half — name property taxes as their most important issue," examined Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. "There's no other issue that comes anywhere close to that."

It's the state's lowest positive rating since 1980.

Murray said residents are concerned about the fairness of property taxes, since they're based on the house you live in and not your ability to pay.

"If you could afford to live here in New Jersey, New Jersey is a good place to live," he noted. "The question is that many middle-class New Jerseyans are getting priced out of the state."

While state satisfaction is waning, the polls show 70 percent of New Jerseyans rate their own city as an excellent or good place to live.