Last month New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) attacked marijuana legalization sarcastically saying, “go to Colorado and see if you want to live there. See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high. To me it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey.”
New polling shows that maybe Christie should think twice about joking suggesting his constituents visit Colorado to compare the quality of life. Many New Jerseyans might very well decide they’d move there if they could.
According to a new Gallup poll, 41 percent of New Jersey residents would like to move out of the state if they were given the chance. New Jersey ranks 6th as the state most people want to try to leave.
On the other hand, people in Colorado are dramatically more content with their living situation. Only 25 percent of people in Colorado would choose to move to any other state if given the opportunity. This put Colorado in 7th place with the highest percentage of residents happy to stay where they are.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy