A new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in conjunction with the AARP finds that 73% of New Jersey voters ages 50 and over want the state to make full payments to its pension system, versus only 20% who say the state shouldn’t have to pay the full amount.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli has spoken out against the high cost of the pension payments in the past, but the FDU poll finds strong support for full pension payments across party lines. 63% of Ciattarelli voters and 82% of Gov. Phil Murphy voters said they supported full payments.
The poll also asked respondents about their views on the state retirement savings plan. 82% of respondents said they supported the plan, and a paltry 6% said they opposed it.
FDU released a separate poll of the state’s older voters a week ago which gave Murphy a 56-31% lead over Ciattarelli among those over the age of 50. Today’s poll came with the note that further results will be released at a later date.