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New Jersey Governor Candidates Clash Over Property Taxes

New Jersey's property taxes - the country's highest - are taking center stage in the second and final debate gubernatorial debate.

Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno clashed Wednesday over what polls show is a big issue in the Nov. 7 contest.

Murphy called Guadagno's plan to cap a portion residents' property taxes at 5 percent of income a "gimmick." Guadagno says her plan could save voters an average of $800 annually.

The candidates met to debate Wednesday at William Paterson University. They're campaigning to succeed Gov. Chris Christie.

Murphy and Guadagno debated last week, and their lieutenant governor candidates met Monday.

Murphy leads Guadagno in polling. He has $5 million to Guadagno's $1 million in reserves.

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