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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Democrat Phil Murphy leads Republican Kim Guadagno by nearly 18 points in the race for the Governor’s Office, according to a Stockton University poll released Friday.

The poll of 585 likely New Jersey voters had Murphy receiving 51 percent to 33 percent for Guadagno. An additional 8 percent were undecided or would not identify a choice. And 7 percent preferred an independent or third-party candidate.

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Property taxes were the top issue for voters surveyed.

“Property taxes are always a major issue in New Jersey, and Kim Guadagno is hammering that point,” said Sharon Schulman, executive director of the Hughes Center. “But it’s difficult to overcome voters’ strong negative feelings about the Republican governor and president.”

Those surveyed said Murphy would be the better choice for creating jobs, managing the state budget and helping Atlantic City succeed, according to the poll. Guadagno would do a better job controlling property taxes, according to the poll.

The survey was conducted Oct. 4-12.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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