TRENTON, NJ – A week after declaring a second pandemic state of emergency that gives New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy a near sole authoritarian level of power, Murphy said this is what the future of America looks like.
“If you want to know what the future looks like if you want to understand what America can be, come to New Jersey,” Murphy said. “If you want to see what is right with America, look to New Jersey.”
New Jersey leads the nation as among the highest taxes states. It has one of the highest gas tax rates in America and is among the top leaders in the nation when it comes to property tax. New Jersey is the most expensive state when it comes to building a mile of roadway.
During the pandemic, New Jersey was among the national leaders in COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita and the state is still defending itself from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation for mishandling senior citizens in long term care facilities, leading to the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of elderly nursing home patients.
New Jersey isn’t all bad. New Jersey boasts one of the best public school systems in the country and is among the safest states to live in. With its close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and other urban, technology, and manufacturing centers, it’s not hard to find a good-paying job in the state.
Jobs are perhaps what keep most New Jerseyans from fleeing the negatives in the state, such as the governor’s assault on personal freedom during the pandemic.