What state do I live in again? Blue Jersey, right? At least, that's what we used to call it, especially when guys like Barack Obama win the state by 15.5%...
Because I'm getting confused. A state with a 600K+ Democratic registration advantage voted in a Republican governor by a four-point margin. A state that is attempting to recall Senator Bob Menendez (D-La Raza). A state in which a majority of its residents favor repeal of the onerous ObamaCare:
Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters in New Jersey, a state Barack Obama carried handily in 2008, now favor repeal of the recently-passed national health care bill. That includes 41% who strongly favor repeal.
Forty-two percent (42%) of New Jersey voters think the health care plan will be good for the country, while slightly more (47%) predict that its impact will be bad.
But voters also are closely divided over whether New Jersey should join the other states that are sung the federal government to stop the health care plan, challenging the constitutionality of its requirement that all Americans buy or obtain health insurance. Forty-five percent (45%) favor such a lawsuit, while 43% are opposed. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
Why has New Jersey gone from "reliably blue" to a reddish-purple? Well, note how, worldwide, the nations that are most opposed to any type of appeasement with totalitarian states are those who have lived under leftist tyranny and domination (Eastern Europe, for example). In New Jersey, we've spend the better part of the previous decade living n a socialist state, complete with humongous deficit spending, outrageous income redistribution, and thousands of petty laws that eroded our freedoms (all of which were blithely ignored by the politicians who created them...remember to fasten your seat belt today, Jon Corzine).
Look at the wreckage that is now New Jersey. But we're trying to pull ourselves out, and not pull the rest of the nation down with us (see California, state of). Having lived under socialist policies for years, we have awoken and are slowly, but surely, throwing off the chains of liberalism and daring to search for a new way.
If Jersey and Massachusetts have turned...are there any safe havens remaining for the defunct policies of the Left?
California, maybe. But let's see how long it remains "afloat"...