Skip to comments.Poll Finds Almost Half of New Jersey Adults Want to Move Out of State
Posted on 10/14/2008 6:51:30 AM PDT by gridlock
Even New Jerseyans can't stand living in New Jersey, according to a new poll that said nearly half of adults residing in the Garden State want to pull up stakes.
The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll, released Wednesday, found 49 percent of those polled would rather live somewhere else.
Poll participants cited high property taxes (28 percent), the cost of living (19 percent), state taxes (5 percent) and housing costs (6 percent) as the main reasons they want out. The poll also found that 51 percent of those who expressed a desire to leave planned to do so, with adults under the age of 50 making between $50,000 and $100,000 the most likely to flee.
"If you have the ability to leave and you don't see any possibility for change with the way the state is run and that's the No. 1 issue here you have to vote with your feet," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
"It's no wonder that New Jersey is a national joke," he said. "We've done it to ourselves with these just positively irresponsible policies."
That migration depleted the state's tax coffers of an estimated $10 billion in personal income and $680 million in sales tax, according to the Rutgers report.
"This really illustrates among a lot of other things that the public has thrown up their hands," Murray said. "They don't feel that there's anything they can do that would change the situation."
"One can only hope that the pendulum will stop swinging this way and start moving back the other way 'cause if it doesn't, you're going to see 9 million people suffer," he said.
"Or you're going to see the last person over the Delaware turn out the lights."
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It is very sad, because New Jersey does not deserve 90% of the bad press it gets. But it does deserve to fail because it continues to elect people who do nothing but raise taxes. Now Corzine wants to give back a couple of bucks in grants so people can use the money to pay their taxes. I know an old lady who swallowed a fly... I think she'll die!
Sorry about the lack of a link on the last thread, AM
Stay the hell where you are, because you’ll just take your really bad politics to other places and ruin them too.
Deja Vu all over again!............
Lots of Jersey folks are moving down south. I have alot say that we aren’t as stupid as the Beverly Hillbillies led them to believe!
Sorry about the last thread. Forgot to post the link!
Well, please don’t come south to North Carolina.
The yankee liberals are already ruining my lovely state.
When I'm King (negotiations are ongoing) anyone who flees a state will lose all voting privileges.
Actually, it won't matter. When I'm King all the liberals are gonna get from me is canteen of water and a half hour head-start.
Keep electing democrats = You pay.
I was wondering why the thread got pulled—thought perhaps one of the Moderators was an offended NJ-ite.
They want to move out of the monster they helped created with their idiotic votes. They move on to red states and pollute those with their liberalism as well.
Mississippi is a HORRIBLE place to live.
Don’t come here!
You will hate it!
Racist and Klansmen behind every blade of grass!
Please don’t move here.
Hell they could move to Michigan.
I was thinking of moving to Texas, but all my friends tell me that it is Hell on Earth, getting down to twenty below zero in the Winter and over a Hundred Forty in the Summer. They say you have cock-a-roaches the size of corgis and that the mosquitos carry away small children.
Can you confirm all this is true? If so, I may have to stay in New Jersey!
NOOOOOOOO!!!! If you come here, you’ll overpay for housing, driving up costs, and return to your old habits of voting for every bond issue that comes along and then wondering why your taxes are going up.
High taxes...high taxes....high taxes. Wait till the Messiah gets in, No matter what state you live in, you’ll be paying a lot higher taxes!.....
Then you go to other states and vote for more socialists and repeat the whole cycle...
If things are so bad there why do they keep electing Democrat governors and state legislators? Why return far left liberals like LOUSE-enberg and Menendez to the US Senate??
the taxes are outrageous and most people are fed up with that and the corruption
We are being invaded by the Mexican military these days (escorting drug smugglers onto US territory).
Do you really want to move into a battleground state?
Red country Illinois is hell stay away for your own good.
If half leave then who is gonna pay the bills?
Baby, they were born to run (away!)
At least in Texas the drug smugglers are just passin’ thru...
The idea that govt is a giver of free stuff will expand as northeasterners move south and west. My part of America developed the idea of govt as employer of last resort, dispenser of welfare, provider of health care. That's what we've grown up with and as we move these ideas will be coming to a neighborhood near you.
The Democrats have solved the problem. They raised taxes again to make up for the lost revenues. Prosperity will follow shortly.
New Jersey leeches are taking over the Poconos in NE PA, bringing the politics with them.
Will the last one to leave NJ please turn out the lights?
Me, for the next few years, unfortunately.
On the day I am retirement eligible, I am showing up for work with the car packed up. And I think I'll take the afternoon off to get an early start!
Does that mean those liberals will want to come south? Let’s get ready to man the baricades and put up check points. Look what happened to Colorado when all those Californians moved there. Same thing is happening in Nevada. It’s because of migrating Californians that Seattle is only second to San Francisco as the most liberal city. Can we start a campaign that says “what is in New Jersey, stays in New Jersey”.
Well, I’ll post it again.
“Stay home, locusts. You ruined your state voting for liberals, now wallow in the filth you created. Don’t ruin our states.”
New Jersey folks move here to Virginia and North Carolina and turn the “Red” states “Blue”. They bring their ‘liberal culture’ with them when they move. Virginia will now have two liberal Democrat Senators after November. It was not the “Red” state Virginians that made this change, but all the “Blue” northern transplants.
Cannot I get some kind of an ID card showing that I am not a typical NJ voter? Maybe if I save all of my old Fred Thompson, McCain/Palin and Ronald Reagan lawn signs (complete with snarky graffiti from the neighbors), I can get some kind of dispensation...
Stay the hell out of NC!
Yes, that is all true.
Just like “Deliverance,” only drier, with religion and more guns.
I’m 67 and a life long Californian. I would LOVE to find a conservative state and get out of here.... but I am afraid it will only be a matter of time and they all will be liberal /socialist rule. Sad state of affairs in our land.
Funny, when I visit Texas, it seems perfectly pleasant. I must be seeing it at just the right time of year...
NJ does deserve 100% of the bad press it receives.
I know. I grew up there. And when I was 17, I left the state, never to return. Didn’t apply to any college in NJ, didn’t want to, despite my parent’s wanting me to stay there, couldn’t believe anyone would want to stay in NJ for 10 seconds longer than necessary to relieve themselves there.
Even back then, before I knew anything about politics, economics, social policy, etc, I could see that New Jersey was going to become the socialist armpit of the United States and I wanted out. I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go to, but I knew exactly where I was going to be from.
As far as I’m concerned, we should close down the military ordnance ranges in the west, restore some perfectly good rangeland, and use NJ for ordnance testing instead. It would improve both the western states and NJ at the same time.
Just like Detroit. You vote in rubbish and then wonder “why is it so bad?” Duh!
Guard towers and barbed wire are the only solutions.
NORTH, to Alaska!
That was then. It's probably pretty much everyone with a job and who pays taxes who wants to leave now.
Come to Alabama friend. We will never be blue.
Agreed. Many great parts of NJ. I lived there for a number of years and loved it. However, the price of everything from the cost of living to taxes makes it damn near impossible to do so. Not to mention the insanity of them voting in the same crooks around the clock.
I’ve been packed for at least 15 years now!
I just hope the Demcorats that leave that state go to another Democrat state. They’ve managed to pollute what were strong Republican states when they move enmasse. Look at Colorado and Nevada out west with all the Commies that move in from the Peoples Republic of Californina that have fled that sinking state. New Hampshire with all the whacks moving from the land of the Kennedys.
You also have plenty of New Yorkers also infecting N. Carolina and Georgia.
Our tourist areas are nice, just like Mexico or Jamaica.
Stay away. It’s not safe.
Did I mention I gave my six year old a .22 rifle and a Torah for her birthday?
...and the other half is already living here in North Carolina.