Democrats who control the state Legislature are fighting Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on his campaign promises to sign a millionaires’ tax into law and establish recreational marijuana in the state.
The back and forth has set the stage for a Murphy-Legislature battle after the new governor unveils his budget proposal in less than a week.
But according to a poll taken late last year, New Jersey voters back Murphy’s plans to tax millionaires and weed even though a majority of residents agreeing the state is taxed enough.
Sixty percent of New Jerseyans “strongly support” taxing the sale of recreational marijuana if it’s made legal in the state and another 16 percent “somewhat support” it, according to a Rutgers Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.
On the flip side, only 15 percent said they “strongly oppose” taxing recreational cannabis, according to the poll. Another 5 percent “somewhat oppose” the hypothetical tax.
A proposal to raise taxes on New Jersey’s millionaires also cuts in Murphy’s favor among voters: 49 percent “strongly support” it and 19 percent “somewhat support” it, compared to 17 percent who