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Politicians have hard time finding trust in New Jersey

Politicians have hard time finding trust in New Jersey
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Our latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll asked New Jerseyans how much they trust their leaders to reform state government. Governor Chris Christie has an advantage over other officials on this metric, but not by as much as some might think.

The governor garners "a lot" of trust from 32% of the public — including 52% of Republicans, 35% of independents, and 15% of Democrats. However, a similar number — 29% — say they have no trust at all in him, including 46% of Democrats, 23% of independents, and 13% of his fellow Republicans.

Both parties in the legislature fare even worse. Only 14% of all New Jerseyans have a lot of trust in the reform credentials of Democratic legislators and an identical 14% feel the same about legislative Republicans. And, legislators of both parties inspire a lot of confidence among just one-third of their fellow partisans — 35% for Democrats and 36% for Republicans. Conversely, legislators get a "no confidence" vote from about 1-in-3 New Jerseyans — 29% for the Democrats and 36% for the Republicans.

 

Mental health law debate is no place for N.J. politics

Mental health law debate is no place for N.J. politics
BY VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
COMMENTARY

Many of New Jersey's students who have just returned to school are studying civics, and over the course of the school year they will learn that a cornerstone of Ame...

Restoring Passaic County’s fiscal house

Restoring Passaic County’s fiscal house
BY PAT LEPORE
COMMENTARY

During my last six years as a Freeholder in Passaic County, tremendous progress has been made in getting the County's financial house in order. My colleagues and I reduced the ...

Christie should eliminate New Jersey’s income tax

Christie should eliminate New Jersey’s income tax
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie stated on Bloomberg radio he wants to cut the state income tax in order to make New Jersey more attractive than Pennsylvania and New York to do business. H...

GOP woos Jersey Guy Chris Christie

GOP woos Jersey Guy Chris Christie
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In the midst of a tour around the country, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be "the one" for the Republicans, or so they are hoping. Is Christie t...

Kennedy-Nixon Debates taught us a bad lesson

Kennedy-Nixon Debates taught us a bad lesson
BY RICHARD A. LEE
COMMENTARY

With summer officially behind us, the fall campaign season is shifting into high gear. Over the next few weeks, in addition to the usual flurry of political ads, rallies and...

Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess

Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In his quest to secure a massive overhaul of the public employee pension and health benefits package, Gov. Chris Christie has two formidable weapons availa...

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network
BY THE SIERRA CLUB NEW JERSEY CHAPTER
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club opposes the potential sale and privatization of NJN, one of New Jersey's greatest assets. Along with our beaches, forests and state parks...

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test
BY JOSH McMAHON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie's latest promise to lower income taxes in two or three years would be about as good for the state as one of those pumpkin Dunkin Donut...

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