From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey and you, imperfect together.
The percentage of New Jersey residents considering their state a good or excellent place to live dropped to a 35-year low, according to a Monmouth poll released Thursday.
The poll said 55 percent had a positive opinion about their state, down from 63 percent in February and the lowest percentage recorded since the question was first asked in 1980. The previous low point was 57 percent in August 2011.
Residents felt differently about their hometowns: 71 percent felt positively, virtually unchanged from 72 percent in February.
“New Jerseyans still like their towns and their neighbors,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch. “They’re just having a hard time with the state as a whole.”
The statewide views lowered the Garden State Quality of Life Index to +18, down from +23 in February. It was last that low in September 2014, and hasn’t dropped below that since September 2010.