NYC mayor mulls soda tax

Some Garden State residents feel a proposed soda tax in New York City is the right thing to do to help curb obesity and possibly reduce a budget gap.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing a tax on sweetened soft drinks. Bloomberg says the city could raise $1 billion in a year by adopting a penny-per-ounce tax on soda.

People in Westfield told News 12 New Jersey's Tony Caputo, they would not mind the tax if it helped close the state's budget gap.

The move by Bloomberg aims to curb childhood obesity and promote good health by discouraging people from buying the sugary drink.

New York Gov. David Paterson first proposed a soda tax in 2008, but polls showed that a majority of New Yorkers opposed the idea.

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