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More New Jerseyans think roads getting worse than better

Residents don’t want to pay more for improvements

By Nikita Biryukov, July 11 2019 12:55 pm

About twice as many New Jersey residents think the state’s roads are getting worse, not better, despite tracking increases to the state’s gas tax, according to a poll released by Farleigh Dickinson University.

The poll found 35% of residents said they thought the quality of the state’s roadways was declining. Only 16% said the opposite, while 47% thought there was no change.

The results on road safety were slightly better. Still, twice as many residents, 30%, thought roads were getting worse than said they were getting better, 15%.

The poll was jointly conducted by FDU and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825.

“More needs to be done now,” said Gregory Lalevee, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825. “The importance of our state’s roads, bridges, and tunnels is a bipartisan, economic issue. The time is now to seize upon this issue devoid of partisanship and move projects quickly.”

Despite their sentiment, voters don’t really want to pay more than they already do for those fixes.

A tenth of respondents said they believed the state needed to raise additional funds for roadwork, while 83% said the state needed to do more with what it already has.

“Although Democrats are, on balance, more likely to trust those in government who allocate gas tax money than Republicans, and also believe that more money is needed to repair and maintain our state’s infrastructure, majorities on both sides want policymakers to earn their trust by doing a better job with what commuters already give them,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the poll and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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