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Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Most New Jersey voters support a referendum authorizing a $750 million bond sale to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, a poll shows.

Sixty-two percent back the ballot initiative, compared with 56 percent a month ago, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton survey released today. The referendum endorsed by Republican Governor Chris Christie earmarks the money to build classrooms and upgrade technology.

Voters also backed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow Christie and lawmakers to require judges to pay more toward pensions and benefits. Seventy percent backed that measure.

The state has 31 public colleges, including three research institutions: Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Combined, they have a full- and part-time enrollment of almost 358,700 students, according to state figures.

Researchers at New Brunswick-based Rutgers surveyed 790 registered voters from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Dopp in Trenton at tdopp@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net