September 8, 2006

The State of the State of New Jersey.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:30 pm

The state of the State is horrible.

Free-spending, tax raising democrats, their loyal tax-taking democrat-voting minions, and government corruption at all levels that has made our state a national joke have resulted in what I fear to be an economic doomsday for this state.

Enlighten New Jersey points out:

Since Democrats took control of Trenton in 2002, state spending and taxes have increased by 35 percent and debt has ballooned by a whopping 214 percent. New Jersey’s population has grown by less two percent, while the number of state government workers has increased by more than 20 percent. The increase in all public-sector jobs in New Jersey has been increasing at the rate of 9 percent .Read the whole thing.

I’ve lost count of how many young, educated people I know who have left Jersey because they simply cannot afford to live here.

As I have said before, the only hope I see is to vote every single state, county and local incumbent politician out of office – no exceptions. Or, as we would say in Jerseyspeak, “Vote da bums out!”


  1. I hearzya, man …

    Have you ever gotten a load of the cost of living here in Brooklyn?

    To rent a studio apartment in Yuppie-Dykeville Park Slope … is as much as $1,400 a month. A STUDIO!

    … disgraceful.

    Comment by erica — September 8, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  2. I just rented a U-Haul from a Parsippany outlet to take my belongings from NJ to PA. The gent at the rental outlet said he’s been busier than ever. In August alone he (and this is just in the Morris County area) rented over 100 units to take folks to North Carolina, Tennessee and Arizona…each. Now some of those may have been kids going away to college, but how many of them will be coming back. My own son went to U of Idaho and flatly declared he was never coming back to NJ.

    NJ has fast become as big an exporter of people and jobs as California in the west. Hig taxes and an intrusive state government will do that.

    Comment by joated — September 9, 2006 @ 6:44 am

  3. Also, at a recent affair with a couple dozen folks who are at retirement age or who have recently retired, the conversation turned to “What do you plan to do now?” Not one couple said they intended to stay in NJ. Every single person has had enough and is looking for brighter, friendlier places out of state.

    Comment by joated — September 9, 2006 @ 6:46 am

  4. Joated,

    It is really sad. The politicians have the state in a death grip, and, unless there is drastic change, one can only wonder where it will lead.

    Comment by Jim — September 9, 2006 @ 9:57 am

  5. I’ve cried “Uncle.” I’m actually moving back to Chicago, because it is markedly less corrupt than NJ. (My Illinois friends find that hard to believe, until they see your blog.) Not to mention cheaper.

    Comment by N5 — September 18, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  6. N5,

    It’s a damned shame. I suppose the good news is that you are in good company. Only us long-time natives and tax-takers on the democrat plantation are staying here.

    I hope you stay long enough to vote the bastards out.

    Comment by Jim — September 18, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

  7. I have lived in NJ all my life (I am 36). I never thought I would leave, but I am finding that I cannot afford a simple one bedroom apartment. (And what I can afford looks like a rathole.)

    I am not a big spender. I have a 10 year old car and no car payment. I have no credit card debt, and no school loans. I make under $36K a year working for a Fortune 15 company in a systems-oriented job.

    I am moving to Omaha, Nebraska once I find employment. There is no way I can make it here as a single person.

    Comment by Twilightsmuse — September 29, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

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