April 12, 2006


The Podcast That Whacked New Jersey (Ed Driscoll · April 12, 2006)

As I mentioned last week, I thought that Steven Malanga's article, "The Mob That Whacked Jersey", on the Garden State's run-away tax and spend fever was a surprisingly universal cautionary tale. It does a terrific job describing what can happen when a state loses its bearings and fiscal discipline, and it's remarkably timely, as April 15 looms ever closer. And it builds on the material in his recent book, The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today.

I had a great interview with Steve on Tuesday, and after a little editing, it's become our latest podcast.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2006 12:49 PM

One of the reasons I'm moving from the PRNJ is the legislator's inability year in and year out to balance the budget. We aren't a poor state. Far from it. We just have idiots for elected representatives. Nevada, Wyoming, Mexico here I come.

Posted by: Pete at April 12, 2006 8:22 PM

But Pete, seriously, who votes for those guys? Has NJ slipped in to a state where the tax eaters and clueless outnumber the sane and productive by too large a margin to recover?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 12, 2006 11:26 PM

The state is overrun with soccer moms, their emasculated husbands, and the various groups with their hands out that constitute the modern Dem party. And NJ republicans represent the last of a dying bread: the patrician horsey set. Christine Whitman being the archetype.

The reality is the urban counties near NYC and Philly are the tail that wags the dog. The rest of the state consists of small towns and pine forests.

Posted by: Pete at April 12, 2006 11:51 PM