New Jersey – A Hell Of A State For Taxpayers
New Jersey's demographic quandary is simple: More residents are moving out of the state than are moving in.James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers University explains why:
“The reasons people are leaving are basically economic. When you look at New Jersey compared to the rest of the country, there are more economic opportunities in places like North Carolina, which has a rapidly growing economy and more affordable housing."Without close to one million illegal immigrants, New Jersey’s population would actually have declined.
New Jersey's illegal immigrant population has grown so dramatically in size and impact in the last decade that the League of Municipalities has formed a task force to study the community and its effect on the state in general.New Jersey’s “underground economy” may be flourishing, but the legal one is anemic. According to State of New Jersey statistics, a total of 55,600 private sector jobs have been added in New Jersey since 2002, while state and local government jobs increased by 38,800 during the same time period.
The task force has met once, but its plans are ambitious. It will look at crowding, health and safety issues and the cost to municipalities of providing education, law enforcement, health care and other services to "substantial numbers of individuals who do not pay taxes."
New Jersey’s growth industry is government and its population growth is from illegal immigration. What a hell of a state for taxpayers.