Poll: Majority of NJ voters oppose toll increases

TRENTON - A new poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters oppose a toll increase on New York-New Jersey crossings regardless of economic conditions.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board will vote Friday whether to increase tolls from the current $8 to $17 by 2014.

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll out today, 54 oppose increase while 41 percent support it.

"Just about everyone in New Jersey has heard about the Port Authority's toll proposals and they're not popular," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Even in South Jersey, where there's another Port Authority which controls toll bridges to Pennsylvania, voters are opposed."

Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo haven't said whether they would veto the proposals.

The poll shows most respondents blamed the Port Authority for the hikes; only 28 percent blame the governors.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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