Excerpt:Â Why do I pick on New Jersey? Because it's so easy and because I was born, raised, and have lived here for most of my life. It is home to some really wonderful people, but it is home to fewer and fewer of them.A study by two Rutgers economists, James Hughes and Joseph Seneca, reveals that people are abandoning the Garden State at a rate three times higher than just five years ago.
"Census Bureau data reveal a sharp downturn in New Jersey's population growth in the 2002-06 period and a sharp upturn in the number of people leaving the state," the two wrote in a commentary published by the largest circulation daily, The Star-Ledger. On its front page, it published an article with the headline, "Jerseyans leave at alarming rate." New Jersey has the distinction of joining California, Louisiana, and New York as having more people leaving than arriving or just staying.
Comparing these four states is dicey at best. After 2005's