If not for immigrants, NJ would be sunk

From the Star Ledger:

Immigration is the only thing keeping N.J.’s population afloat, data shows

New Jersey came closer to reaching nine million residents last year, but the state’s meager growth slowed its pace toward that milestone, according to new Census data.

The state was home to 8,944,469 people in July 2016, an increase of 9,000 over the same time in 2015. If that population growth continues, New Jersey will not hit that nine million market until roughly 2022.

New Jersey was 39th in the nation in population growth over the past year, increasing by just 0.1 percent, compared to the national average of 0.7 percent. It ranked roughly the same in growth since 2010, the year the Census uses as a comparison point in its data.

The state’s population growth comes from births and inward migration, while it shrinks due to the deaths and outward migration. While it had some of the highest international migration in the nation — nearly 300,000 since 2010 — it has lost even more people from outward migration.

This difference could have long-term impact on New Jersey’s demographics and economy. The state relies on population growth to drive economic growth and productivity.

Previous data has shown Asian immigrants account for 45 percent of net international immigration to the state, followed by Latin American immigrants. Meanwhile, Jersey-born residents are leaving the state to retire or look for other jobs.

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15 Responses to If not for immigrants, NJ would be sunk

  1. grim says:

    I know Greg Gianforte, I’ve been in his house. He is a good guy, this reeks of a witch hunt. I’m not vouching for the guy’s every behavior and belief, but something is missing here. Not saying he didn’t push or slam the guy either, but there’s gotta be more to the story. I know lots of dirty scumbags, and if it was the case, I’d call him out as a dirty scumbag I knew.

    He built a technology company in a technology vacuum, and made hundreds of his employees very wealthy. His business in Bozeman has spurred dozens of technology startups in the area, creating jobs, wealth, fortunes for even hundreds more. I personally know lots of people that have done very well for themselves specifically because of what Greg did.

    He’s got the same ego as most other c-suite execs who were successful founders. The media is clearly trying to turn him into some kind of Trump proxy, and is attacking from all angles.

  2. No One says:

    I think a lot of journalists now believe they have a higher social mission than objectively reporting news.

  3. Juice Box says:

    Gianforte mistake was he did not have his own version of Corey Lewandowski to keep the reporters at bay. This reporter shoved a recording device in his face and did not back down when asked to, I gather this has happened quite a bit to him recently based upon his comments. Hillary used to have her aides cordon the reporters with rope so they could not get that close. Politics is combat. I can’t but wonder why was a British newspaper covering an election in Montana? Couldn’t the AP handle it?

  4. Grim says:

    Perhaps the intent was to provoke until the expected response was elicited?

  5. Not Grimsky says:

    A person that meets and overcome a severe challenge will have grown a big set of b8lls. But these b8lls, can not and will not perform correctly in all arenas.

    Just like in the ghetto. The attitudes that allows to survive in the ghetto are same ones that kill your chances to perform outside of the ghetto. Many of you look at this thru political partisan eyes. Look at it as a fish out of its comfortable waters.

    A politician will shake hands and kiss babies because that is his thing. A self made men will likely take bs from no one, but like Trump and NATO or Gianforte and a reporter. Is the wrong thing at the wrong time. A reporter ask questions, because that is his job to question the powers that be. A politician accepts and deals with it (Clinton badly), someone that is not used to being challenge does not.

    I think we as a society are reaching our fill of self-made, MBA types businessmen that become politicians. Just look at W.Bush & Trump nationally, and locally Corzine.

    My prediction. Whether left or right. The next one up the pike will have more in common with Huey Long than with a businessman.

    Huey Pierce Long Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), self-nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his death by assassination in 1935. A Democrat, he was an outspoken populist who denounced the wealthy and the banks and called for a “Share Our Wealth” program. As the political leader of the state, he commanded wide networks of supporters and was willing to take forceful action. He established the long-term political prominence of the Long family.

    Long’s Share Our Wealth plan was established in 1934 under the motto “Every Man a King,” also the title of his autobiography. It proposed new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on corporations and individuals to curb the poverty and homelessness endemic nationwide during the Great Depression. To stimulate the economy, Long advocated federal spending on public works, schools and colleges, and old age pensions. He was an ardent critic of the policies of the Federal Reserve System.

    A supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election, Long split with Roosevelt in June 1933 to plan his own presidential bid for 1936 in alliance with the influential Catholic priest and radio commentator Charles Coughlin. Long was assassinated in 1935, and his national movement soon faded, but his legacy continued in Louisiana through his wife, Senator Rose McConnell Long; his son, Senator Russell B. Long, and his brothers, Earl Kemp Long and George S. Long, as well as several other more distant relatives.[1]

    Under Long’s leadership, hospitals and educational institutions were expanded, a system of charity hospitals was set up that provided health care for the poor, massive highway construction and free bridges brought an end to rural isolation, and free textbooks were provided for schoolchildren. He remains a controversial figure in Louisiana history, with critics and supporters debating whether or not he could have potentially become a dictator or was a demagogue.[2]

  6. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    No One – They aren’t journalists naymore, they are activist/advocates, and they’ll gladly lie or bend the truth for their cause.

    I think a lot of journalists now believe they have a higher social mission than objectively reporting news.

  7. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    and choose not cover specific stories at all. I think the public sees through it. Take out DC, New York, LA, and maybe Chicago and America’s values are roughly the same.

  8. Still in Jerzey with Pumkin says:

    Ex-pat, you are right.

    But all it gets you is Mellencamp’s “Smalltown” https://youtu.be/B1kyCQsxjec

    You want excellence, new creative ways, solutions to hard problems. For better or worse you have to go to where the weird talented kid from High School went, and it is those cities.


  9. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I live in Boston and have for the last 15 years. It doesn’t seem like we suffer from Trump derangement syndrome up here. We even elected Scott Brown to take the “Kennedy” Senate seat to show that it wasn’t the Kennedy seat, but rather, the people’s seat. We also have a couple smart people and some not so bad Universities and corporations;-)

    We also have Romney-care, and it actually works.

  10. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    My 15 year old daughter went to the puzzy hat rally on Boston Common the day after the inauguration, by herself via public transit. She stayed a short time and came home. She said it was too crowded.

  11. joyce says:

    Is the cost of healthcare in Massachusetts significantly less than elsewhere?

  12. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    joyce – Nope. But it is accessible. We don’t have exchanges here, you just buy your health insurance from the general market or get it from your employer. About $1800 per month for a family if you go private and the benefits aren’t as good as ducking under the corporate umbrella. If you are poor you just get a MassHealth card and you get the best healthcare everywhere with no copay, no deductible, no nothing. But there are no “exchanges” that insurers can back out of.

    Is the cost of healthcare in Massachusetts significantly less than elsewhere?

  13. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    It seems like from a branding perspective it would be inevitable that CNN and RT merge, no? CNN Russia Today is their 24 hour programming after all, right?

  14. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Maybe, more succinctly, TRN – the Trump Russia News channel?

  15. FixerUpper says:

    “He is a good guy, this reeks of a witch hunt.”

    I can’t imagine why all the Fox reporters that witnessed the attack would be part of a witch hunt:

    “At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!””

    Guy completely lost it, and then, after calming down, lied about it in his press release about the incident.

    Doesn’t seem complicated.

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