[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/03/art.voters..jpg caption="Exit poll: Economy concerns New Jersey voters most."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The economy was the most important issue on the minds of New Jersey voters Tuesday, early CNN Exit Poll data showed.
Nearly a third of the voters heading to the polls in this off-year election pitting Democratic Gov. John Corzine against Republican Chris Christie, 31 percent, said the economy was the most important issue, while 26 percent said property taxes, 20 percent indicated corruption and 18 percent identified health care.
Soaring property taxes and a high profile corruption sting that snared state and local officials have been important issues in this year's election.
More complete data will be released later in the evening. Polls close in New Jersey at 8 p.m. ET.