A majority of those responding to the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll recently opposed tax breaks for the stalled Revel casino project in Atlantic City.
Sixty percent agreed that "tax rebates shouldn't be given because they amount to a bailout of the Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley, a key backer of the project," while only 27 percent favored the tax incentives.
Morgan Stanley is seeking up to $350 million in property-tax and sales-tax abatements to complete the project. Interestingly, voters in South Jersey are just as opposed to the project as those in North Jersey.
The poll of 802 registered voters statewide was taken between March 23 and March 28 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Gov. Christie has not yet weighed in on the Revel tax breaks, but he will have the chance to sign or reject a bill that would mean the state tax breaks would no longer need approval from municipal officials.
- Adrienne Lu
All New Jersey officials would be limited to receiving one public salary under a bill being pushed by Gloucester County Republican Domenick DiCicco, an assemblyman serving his first term.
The plan would end the "grandfathering" clause that lets sitting elected officials hold two or more posts. It also would bar anyone in public office from also holding a second salaried job at any level of government.
While much of the focus on dual office holding has been on those who have two elected posts - a senator who is also a mayor, for example - the bill also would apply to those who have appointed jobs.