Not only does New Jersey have the worst team record in the NBA this year, they have the worst tax record as well. Taking into consideration state and local property, sales, and income taxes, those in the Garden State pay out a whopping 11.8% in taxes.
It was no surprise, then, that voters booted existing Governor John Corzine (D) out of office last fall in favor of GOP challenger Chris Christie. Voters cited the economy and the state's high tax burden
as their biggest concerns -- a particularly timely gripe since taxes in the states had just gone up
New Governor Christie initially received praise for his handling of what was, all agreed, a fairly substantial economic challenge. He cut spending and made some painful decisions on raising taxes to get the state's budget in order. But his "we're all in this together" stance took a beating when he refused to extend the tax rate to top earners
Hopefully, the tax burden will turn around in the next four years ... or Christie may find himself joining in a revolving door of New Jersey governors.