Poll: NJ voters want public workers' costs hiked

TRENTON - (AP) - A new poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie's proposal requiring public workers to pay higher health care premiums.

Voters are split at 46 percent over whether to cut pensions for current workers.

Wednesday's Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll finds nearly half of voters surveyed feel government workers should pay at least 25 percent of their health care premiums. They now pay about 8 percent.

The poll also finds 61 percent who say government salaries are adequate to compete with private-sector jobs. Six in 10 voters support eliminating pensions for future workers.

The telephone poll of 801 New Jerseyans was conducted Sept. 15-19 and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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