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Poll Finds Almost Half of New Jersey Adults Want to Move Out of State
Fox News ^ | 9/14/09 | Sara Bonisteel

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2008polls; bluestates; corruption; corzine; nj2008
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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??

Everything ACORN learned about canvasing for votes, they learned it in New Jersey.

101 posted on 10/14/2008 7:52:22 AM PDT by frogjerk (The MSM suffers from premature election)
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To: drangundsturm
As soon as my youngest kid finishes high school I'm outta here.

Ditto that. I'm 5 years from retirement. I'm selling (or I am going to try to sell) my home in case the chosen one gets in. No way I'm paying capital gains tax on my home. Bad enough NJ state will take a chunk of it.

102 posted on 10/14/2008 7:55:04 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: gridlock

Years ago, a friend’s brother headed South out of New Jersey to find work and came back with a shirt that read, “Do you know what scares me? A person traveling South from New Jersey with a U-Haul.” That’s exactly what he did.

103 posted on 10/14/2008 7:55:36 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: alreadythere

Lots of blue staters are moving to NH, not just the Massholes.

104 posted on 10/14/2008 7:57:27 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: autumnraine

Shh!. Don’t tell anyone else. :0)

105 posted on 10/14/2008 8:05:16 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: HanneyBean

I’m from NY. Used to live in Manhattan, now Queens. Many in my family are hard core Republicans. Every moonbat I meet in NY is from out of state. I wish they didn’t come to New York. The southern and western liberals have ruined my lovely city.

106 posted on 10/14/2008 8:22:06 AM PDT by OA5599
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To: gridlock
...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.... - Or, to summarize: High property taxes 28%, high taxes in general 19% and other taxes 5%. Total "taxes are too friggin high" 52%. Will vote for the same bozos next time, about 60%.
107 posted on 10/14/2008 8:57:09 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: autumnraine

Just keep them the hell out of Texas!

108 posted on 10/14/2008 9:15:05 AM PDT by Bommer (Who was Obama's diction coach? Bevis or Butthead? Uhhhhhh.....)
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To: Bommer
Nah, they're moving to Nawth Carolina.

NJ actually ranks low in terms of violent crime and high in terms of education and health. The problem is that folks are getting raped via high property taxes and the most bloated (and corrupt) state and local governments in the United States.

109 posted on 10/14/2008 9:17:05 AM PDT by Clemenza (PRIVATIZE FANNIE AND FREDDIE! NO MORE BAILOUTS!)
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To: gridlock

Sadly it seems most want to move to North Carolina. I’d happily give 90% of them back.

110 posted on 10/14/2008 9:25:31 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: HanneyBean

See my above post!

111 posted on 10/14/2008 9:25:43 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Clemenza
Cozine's response to this [and he commissioned a study to get out in from of the news] just the riff raff are leaving and boy will they be sorry

"...Recall that Rutgers did a study that showed New Jersey was hurt economically, with so many people leaving the state.

So the Corzine administration then used tax money to 'buy' a study from an outfit [run by a former state employee and economic adviser to Gov. Florio] that hinted it was just the riffraff leaving and they would be sorry about the place they wound up.

More crime, poor schools, stuff like that. Not as bad as the pundits (that's me and the other columnists) have been saying, Corzine said.

Now comes Mayflower, the moving people who have been moving families around since 1927. Their survey of moves from January through August this year shows of the moves involving New Jersey, 60 percent were leaving the state. That surprises me.

The way the Corzine-bought study described the out-bound I figured they left with belongings in the back of their beat up old cars after they took them down off the cinder blocks and drained enough gas out of the lawnmowers to get them moving".

By the way popular in-bound destinations included Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Vermont, Nevada, South Carolina and North Carolina.

112 posted on 10/14/2008 9:26:27 AM PDT by Swanks
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To: thefactor

I already posted above...

113 posted on 10/14/2008 10:00:16 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: gridlock

Count me in among those 49%.

114 posted on 10/14/2008 10:01:36 AM PDT by Antoninus (If you're bashing McCain/Palin at this point, you're helping Obama.)
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To: razorback-bert; gridlock

Oh it’s horrible here.......guns everywhere. Drive 80 miles for dinner. Skeeters big enough to stand flat footed and have sex with a turkey. You can see the curvature of the earth. Tornados, Hail as big as cantalope. Rabbits as big as Antelope. Flash Floods. Wind so bad ya have to tie down chain. Hotter’n a snakes ass in a wagon rut in summer and colder than a well diggers butt in winter (according to Eaker who checks suchs things) and only place in the US ya can stand on a 5 gallon bucket with a pair of binoculars and see the back of yer own head !

Just my take on my home state of Texas !

115 posted on 10/14/2008 10:33:28 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: gridlock

The New Jersey refugees can move to California, and the California refugees can move to New Jersey. Don’t even think about moving to Texas, we have enough Mexican refugees already.

116 posted on 10/14/2008 11:03:53 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Brother, can you spare a dime?)
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To: DHarry
When I'm King (negotiations are ongoing) anyone who flees a state will lose all voting privileges.

What we need to do is make the residency period before voting in the new state at least five years. Ten would be better.

Incidentally, your becoming king is very doubtful (my magic 8-ball said so) because I expect to become queen by acclamation any day now.

117 posted on 10/14/2008 11:08:53 AM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: xkaydet65
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.

Not to put a damper on this, but the Red States, per capita, receive more from the Federal government in tax dollars then they send to the treasury. States like New York, California and New Jersey are paying for Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia.

So, maybe people in New Jersey are moving elsewhere because they are sick of seeing their Federal tax dollars being siphoned to other States.

118 posted on 10/14/2008 11:14:19 AM PDT by Citizen Blade (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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To: snarkytart
Stay the hell where you are, because you’ll just take your really bad politics to other places and ruin them too.

Exactly right!

If it's really true that it's half that are discontented with New Jersey's taxes and cost of living, then why the heck hasn't that half been enough to change the bad politics and the bad policies?

Could it be that they themselves, that supposedly half of New Jerseyites, also vote to keep in the heavy taxes and the heavy spenders and the crooked politicians. There's no doubt in my mind that if half of New Jerseyans voted to remove the crooked politicians and the socialist in their government, that NJ would be a lot better off. But, that half of New Jerseyans wanting to leave would just take their party allegiance with them and would just damage another nice neighborhood or state with their leftist politics.
119 posted on 10/14/2008 11:17:23 AM PDT by adorno
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To: autumnraine

If a southerner sees an ugly baby he would say “that’s a beautiful baby yall have”. Someone from the Midwest in the same situation would smile and change the subject “it sure looks like rain. We need it.” A person from Boston would say “damn that kids ugly” and a person from Jersey would shout “Your kid’s ugly and I can understand since your wife is so homely....hey, watzamatter ...did I say something wrong? what?”

120 posted on 10/14/2008 12:01:38 PM PDT by Radl (rtr)
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