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24/7 Wall Street: 15 Worst-Run States in America

14. New Jersey

State debt per capita: $6,551 (6th highest)
Pct. without health insurance: 13.2 percent (21st lowest)
Pct. below poverty line: 9.5 percent (4th lowest)
Unemployment: 9.2 percent (15th highest)

Despite having the second highest median household in the country, New Jersey performs poorly in a number of areas. Most notably, the state has the sixth highest state debt per capita. Its credit rating was also downgraded from AA to AA- in February 2011 due to concerns over its massive retirement obligations.

(AP Photo/Mike Derer)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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