NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As Labor Day picnics approach, the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll addresses a burning question for all New Jerseyans: Do Garden Staters prefer New Jersey tomatoes or New Jersey corn? The answer is tomatoes, by a large margin. A majority of registered voters (52 percent) say they prefer tomatoes, while only 30 percent prefer corn. Another 15 percent say they cannot make a choice, finding both tasty and delicious.

"We were stunned to find such a preference for tomatoes," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "The Garden State is justifiably famous for both, but New Jerseyans of all stripes say tomatoes beat corn. The strong preference for tomatoes may also explain why it is the New Jersey state vegetable, even though it is a fruit."

Results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 615 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from Aug. 9 - 15, with a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.9 percentage points.