The numbers don’t lie.
Under Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey residents continue to fall behind the rest of America, and things continue to get worse.
Here are just a few of the numbers that the Christie administration would rather we not see:
Jobs Lost – New Jersey Falling Behind
- 7th – New Jersey has the 7th highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.3 percent – the worst rate in the region (April 2, 2013)
- 47th – NJ’s economic growth ranking (The Times of Trenton 3/4/2013)
- 45,000 – Number of permanent jobs Christie cost New Jersey by killing the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (The Star-Ledger, 10/28/2010)
- 10,000 – Teachers and school employees laid off in 2010 due to Christie’s budget cuts (Daily Journal, 12/29/2010)
New Jersey Families Falling Behind
- 82% – Percentage of New Jersey towns that saw some increase in the average property tax bills in 2011 (The Star-Ledger, 1/8/2012)
- 7.7% – New Jersey’s mortgage default rate, 4.5% higher than the national average (The Star-Ledger 12/4/2012)
- 48 out of 50 – New Jersey’s rank when it comes to serving school breakfast to low-income children, many of whom come to school hungry and unable to concentrate on their school work (Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 1/31/2012)
Crumbling Infrastructure & Rising Costs
- 25% – Increase in fares for NJ Transit rail and commuter bus lines since Christie took office (Asbury Park Press, 4/14/10)
Source: By the Numbers, OneNJ