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??