Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick thinks residents’ falling views of quality of life in New Jersey signal a coming wave election that could break the Democratic stranglehold on Trenton.
“I think, in a short period of time, the public is going to realize that [Gov. Phil] Murphy’s Democratic majority here is acting like the Florio-Corzine majority,” Bramnick said. “Every month we come down, they pass another tax with actually no cost cutting whatsoever.”
Though residents barely maintained a positive view of the quality of life in New Jersey in a Monmouth University poll released Monday morning, those numbers have fallen sharply over preceding years.
Just half rated New Jersey as an excellent (11%) or good (39%) place to live, while 32% said quality of life in the state was fair and 17% said it was poor.
While those numbers aren’t poor in and of themselves, they mark an all-time low for the metric, which was above 60% for most of Gov. Chris Christie’s time in office.
There’s been little indication of a growing revolt of the like that followed Gov. Jim Florio’s time in office, but some sort of backlash over the perception of tax hikes — though Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have pushed through tax hikes, their direct impact is largely limited to the state’s businesses and millionaires — isn’t out of the question.
In a Monmouth poll released earlier this month, 45% of residents said property taxes were their chief concern, and while the state legislature doesn’t directly control those taxes, that sort of nuance rarely stops voters from seeking changes to their representation.
“I don’t think you can ignore people and their financial burden and impose tax after tax after tax, month after month. At some point, that will catch up with this Democratic majority,” Bramnick said. “My real question is why would they send more Democrats down here when every month they’re sending the voters a new tax? Send more Democrats, they’ll probably just send more taxes.”