There is a massive exodus of people leaving New Jersey. According to the Star-Ledger:
In their study, Seneca and Hughes reviewed Census and Internal Revenue Service data between 2002 and 2006. They found the gap between the number of people leaving the state and new arrivals has more than tripled. In 2002, the gap was 23,759. By last year, it had jumped to 72,547.
And if things could be even more messed up, the people that have chosen (for the time being) to stay and live in New Jersey, want to follow the people that have left.
According to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll, released Wednesday, 49 percent of those polled would rather live somewhere else.
The Asbury Park Press broke it down this way:
More than half of adults under the age of 50 and nearly 60 percent of residents earning between $50,000 and $100,000 expressed a desire to leave New Jersey.
Of those who want to leave, a little more than half said they were "very likely" to make good on the wish, and more than half said they planned to go before retirement.
Top destination choices were Florida (15 percent) and North Carolina (14 percent), while another 21 percent cited other southern or Mid-Atlantic states.
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