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Poll: Most New Jerseyans Don’t Know Anything About the State Budget

Updated: Jun 28

May 26, 2023 |

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In yet another indication that the failures of New Jersey’s old media and the absence of in-state network television affiliates have created a news desert, 53% of residents haven’t heard anything about the proposed state budget that captivates political insiders and threatens to create a rift between Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

An additional 23% say they know just a little about the state budget, while 16% say they’ve heard some details; a mere 4% of New Jerseyans claim they know a lot about it.

NJ SEED: Even if NJ were to have a major TV outlet (don’t hold your breath) the citizens would not likely be much better informed. Delving into budget figures and programs is tedious work. That’s unfortunate because while budgets contain much good they are also a place where mischief is sometimes hidden.

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