For the past 10 years, eight of them with a Democratic Governor and all of them with a Democratic legislature, the GOP has whined that people are moving hand over fist out of the state of New Jersey due to Democratic policies.
Each time a prediction came out that NJ was going to lose a member of Congress, and we are, the Democratic Party was to blame.
So how do they explain the Census giving population growth of 377K over the past decade, a 4.5 percent growth in the number of people in the state?
Only two counties, Essex (D) and Cape May (R) lost population with every other county growing.
Twenty-eight states grew less than New Jersey in total residents added, putting NJ in the top 45 percent for population growth.
We’re growing slower than the nation as a whole, sure, but a lot of that is because we are built out. We don’t have a ton of places to put more people and the places we do have don’t have jobs so putting more people there doesn’t really make sense.
All in all, a 4.3 percent growth rate is pretty good. I’d rather have kept our Representative, but the idea that people are running away from New Jersey is just more GOP cow cookies.