Gov. Chris Christie has rolled out a number of reform initiatives that have received the public support, at least initially. The Monmouth University poll shows that one area of reform, like a public official receiving two salaries, 71 percent of the state supports eliminating one of those salaries. The poll also says 6 in 10 residents believe new state government hires should receive a 401k-like defined contribution plan rather than a pension.
Despite the pension system’s current fiscal state, the public is conflicted on whether to cut benefits for current government workers – 46% say yes, while 46% disagree. Although state opinion is currently divided, it should be noted that two and a half years ago, fewer residents (39%) supported reducing pension benefits while a majority (54%) were opposed.