BLOOMFIELD, NJ (CBSNewYork) – A new survey ranking the best and worst states in the country is sure to make you frown at Garden State.
According to a survey of YouGov.com, New Jersey ranked 48th in the list of “All US states ranked from best to worst, according to Americans.”
What are their survey methods?
“We asked people to pick a better state in a series of head-to-head matches. States are rated on a ‘percentage win’, meaning: how often that state wins a head-to-head match when it is one of the two states shown, “the authors write on the website About 1,211 people participated in the survey.
New Jersey came with a “win percentage” of 39%, just 1% higher than Mississippi, Alabama and the District of Columbia, which is not a state but was included in the survey.
New Jersey has a bad rap song. Traffic, endless tolls, high taxes and occasional foul odors.
Then there are prejudices motivated in part by the HBO mob drama “The Sopranos” and of course, MTV’s “Jersey Shore”.
However, many people are still amazed to know about the rankings.
CBS2’s Nick Caloway went to Gencarelli’s Italian bakery in Bloomfield to see what people thought of Jersey ranked as one of the worst states in the nation.
“I think that’s ridiculous,” said Glen Ridge resident Charlie Breslin.
Chester Tadrzynski, a resident of Kinnelon, said: “Forty-eight is a crime.
“I can name at least 10 or 15 states that I think are worse than New Jersey,” said Daniel Colon, a Bloomfield resident.
New Jersey residents were quick to point out all the things they love about living in Garden State.
“Jersey has a lot to offer. Lots of great restaurants, Jersey Shore, ”says Tadrzynski.
“I think we have one of the best education systems. We have parks and beaches, ”said resident Bloomfield Dawn Giunta.
At Angelo’s Pizzeria, coach Sam Sarno argues that outsiders are only judging by what they see on Turnpike.
“The people who pass through here, they can see only part of it. They don’t see all the good things about this state, ”he said.
– New Jersey (@NJGov) April 13, 2021
Sure Governor Phil Murphy’s The office does not appreciate the ranking. The state’s official Twitter account gave a brief response: A picture of the flag with a picture of the state and a simple message saying “we don’t like you either.”
Back at Bloomfield, Giuseppe Cica had a very Jersey response to rejection.
“Ehhh, I don’t like that”, he said.
In other words, fuggedaboutit.
New York came in 8th and Connecticut at 23rd.
According to the survey, the top states are Hawaii and Colorado.
CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report.