There is no doubt that the less a government needs to tax the better. However, my point is that our services are superior to most. I grew up in Emerson, NJ(10 miles from NYC) with a police dept that covered 1.5 square miles with four police officers on duty at all times. They would respond to any emergency within a minute. I graduated from a public high school with 60 students in my graduating class and with the most up to date technology, books and wonderful teachers. The town has voted down any attempt to merge with neighboring schools or police departments to reduce or stabilize the tax base. The reason always being we like it the way it is! People will complain that taxes are high but admit it is worth it! Virtually no crime, excellent schools, a DPW that responds the next day after calling if you need something picked up. This is how well -to -do Jersey likes it. Also to state NJ has higher racial strife then elsewhere is absurd. Perhaps in 1960's Newark, but times have changed and Jersey including it's suburbs are some of the most racially diverse in the country. Furthermore, our higher education system isn't half bad either. I graduated from Rutgers and received my Masters from Montclair State University, two fine examples of higher ed anywhere in the country. Lastly, our toll roads are in excellent shape considering they are the most heavily traveled in the nation. I will admit that Our interstate (non-toll roads) highways are in shambles, but this is a result of a shortage in federal dollars. We pay the most in taxes to Washington but get the least amount in return. WOW, JCman now I know why you get so annoyed by outsiders who criticize our cities and state.