NJ Gov. makes odd pitch to attract businesses: ‘We are not going to be the low-cost state to live or work in’

With many people fleeing what they feel are oppressive progressive policies in blue states and moving to red states, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is apparently hoping the tide will turn in his favor as he hopes to attract more residents to the eastern state with a bizarre statement.

“If your business model includes high value-added, highly skilled workforce, we’re on your list,” Murphy told Bloomberg News. “We are not going to be the low-cost state to live or work in.”

The one-term governor of The Garden State said in an interview this week that “highly-skilled employees at film, digital and other companies want to live in states with progressive stances on abortion, voting rights and gun control.”

Someone might need to clue the governor in on the fact that according to New Jersey Business magazine, his state ranked as the top “most moved from state” for three years in a row.

Murphy, who is running for reelection, claimed that the state had successfully lured film and tech companies to relocate to New Jersey due to a production tax-credit program – a scheme sounds like a friendly way to admit they had to bribe companies to bring their business there.

“Before I got here, Georgia had become the East Coast film capital,” Murphy said. “That is now being challenged, mostly by us.”

Murphy, who apparently lives in a bubble as he seems to be clueless to the fact that high prices are one of the key reasons driving hard-working folks out of other leftist states like California, claimed he was surprised by the recent news of Tesla relocating from California to Texas.

“I don’t know what the employees of Tesla are gonna say to Elon Musk, but that’s a move that surprised me,” Murphy said.

But the governor’s plans to push progressive policies to attract more jobs and residents may be a pipe dream as many people continue to flee New Jersey in droves.

“Last year, more residents were moving out of New Jersey than into the state, as 70% of moves were outbound, according [to] the 2020 National Migration Study by United Van Lines. This is the third consecutive year New Jersey has been ranked the top state for outbound moves,” New Jersey Business magazine reported.

The survey showed that higher-income people were most likely to leave the state and the top reasons cited that prompted the move were retirement and lifestyle.

Blue states dominated the list of states residents were fleeing including New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, California, Kansas, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Maryland. Mostly red states including Idaho, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota and Arizona lured the most residents.

The state of Ohio has employed a more playful strategy to attract residents. JobsOhio, the state’s nonprofit economic development corporation, has purchased billboards all over New York City.

The signs poke fun at the high cost of living and quality of life compared to life in The Buckeye State with fun messages including, “Your buildings are taller. Our taxes are smaller,” and “Work from ‘home,’ not ‘overpriced studio apartment.'”

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