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Why are people moving away from New Jersey?

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 11 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2013 05:55:21 PM CST

People follow the jobs, and according to one national survey, they are following them right out of New Jersey.

People follow the jobs, and according to one national survey, they are following them right out of New Jersey.

United Van Lines said, of all the moves it tracked last year, 62 percent were out of the Garden State. The reason is jobs, more specifically, industrial and manufacturing jobs.

"There has been job flight out of New Jersey, not just across the river to the Lehigh Valley, but parts south, southern states. North Carolina, in particular, has done a good job of luring businesses out of New Jersey," said Richard Wenner, an attorney in Phillipsburg, Warren Co.

The Chris Christie administration, Wenner said, is actively working on programs to make New Jersey just as competitive as other states in wooing business.

Allentown has the "NIZ" -- Neighborhood Improvement Zone -- to attract businesses around the proposed hockey arena. In Phillipsburg, it's the Urban Enterprise Zone, or UEZ. Officials said they hope it will help them redevelop the former Ingersol Rand property.

The UEZ offers breaks in sales and use taxes. Since the former Ingersol Rand property is in a redevelopment zone,  businesses could also receive long-term tax abatement.

Wenner said Phillipsburg's focus will be on bringing in companies that will provide jobs for existing residents and help reverse the outward-bound trend with some transplant workers.

"The town is now focused on working with the state and with the highlands commission in developing a redevelopment plan that best utilizes the land available to it.," said Wenner.

Phillipsburg has approximately five undeveloped properties that could follow the former Ingersol Rand redevelopment pattern, Wenner said.