Report: When evaluating personal, economic freedoms, NJ not a free state | Cigarettes Blog

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Report: When evaluating personal, economic freedoms, NJ not a free state

A professor who wrote a report by a libertarian think tank said Monday that New Jersey is one of the least free of the 50 states, but qualified his remarks by saying, "We're not talking about Zimbabwe here."

The report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University described New Jersey as having the second-worst record for personal and economic freedoms, second only to New York.

The report rated states based not only taxes and business regulation, but also by what the authors called intrusion into personal lives through licensing of professions, motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws, smoking bans and regulation of same-sex marriage. . . .


The other co-author, Jason Sorens, assistant professor of political science, University of Buffalo (SUNY), said California, New Jersey and New York qualified as "nanny states" because of such regulations as a ban on trans fats in restaurants, public smoking and high tobacco taxes.

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