NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 15: People wait for an Amtrak train in the Moynihan Train Hall on September 15, 2022 in New York City. Following a breakthrough in negotiations that averted a strike of freight rail workers early Thursday morning, Amtrak was working to restart passenger service it had canceled in the days and hours before the potential strike. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

There are many ways to get around New Jersey for a bunch of different reasons. One local method is getting a 49-million-dollar makeover courtesy of Gov. Murphy, the New Brunswick Train Station will see a massive modernization and expansion update. 

Major Jim Cahill, was more than thankful after the it was announced, that the 118-year-old train station would receive a large-scale investment into updating the commuter central into a more modern facility able to keep up with New Jersey’s ever growing tourism rates. This is especially important considering the entertainment boom planned for New Jersey over the next couple years. 

The money would go to replacing old and worn-out platforms, escalators and elevators among other things both internal and external. Though to many New Jersey residents this is a massive relief as the station is certainly a critical spot for all transit from New Jersey’s Northeast rail line. Gov. Murphy had a few words to say on the matter as the station was built during the Roosevelt administration back in 1903. The station has seen all of New Brunswick’s ups and downs, but the change is certainly a welcomed one. 

Especially when you consider that a 665-million-dollar technology hub is being built across the street. The New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub, also known as ‘The Hub’ was announced around this time last year and will stand as a large-scale medical research facility. Bringing even more jobs and money into New Brunswick’s already expansive economy. 

Cahill, gave another compliment to Murphy saying the Governor understood the importance of updating the railway that is directly next to a massive development right in the heart of New Jersey. So, it will certainly be interesting to see how much the current building really changes as well as how New Brunswick residents will handle a possible increase in tourism in the area. 

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New Jersey Lands at #2 on This Infamous List

We are going to have to work on our people skills, among other things.

The only thing worse than being number one on this list is being number two, the runner-up. If people are going to hate you, you don’t want to be the second most hated, you may as well wear the hate crown and be proud that you won something. That makes us despised AND losers! However, we are the number one loser in the “Most Hated State” competition.

Whether it’s high crime, high taxes, or rude residents, Americans have a strong opinion on where they live and where others do, too.

With that in mind, the employment site Zippia looked up Gallup data and cross-referenced it with other metrics, from job opportunities and recreation to the number of people fleeing or relocating to them, to come up with its 2022 list of the Most Hated States of America.

To make things worse we lost to Illinois! You heard me, Illinois topped the list this year, with 25% of those in the Land of Lincoln admitting they hate their own state. It’s also the fastest shrinking state in the Union, with .54 of its population leaving. It’s hard to believe that there is a state where more people are moving out, but there is.

New Jersey ranked second on the list, with 10% of Garden Staters saying they hate it there. One out of ten of us hate living here and we have seen a .30% population loss as of late, according to Zippia’s data. At least we beat New York!

New York came in third on the list. Although more residents there (12%) hate it more than New Jerseyans dislike their state. High crime and cost of living led to a sky-high .45% of its population fleeing to Florida and other states.

West Virginia ranked fourth but had a .75% drop in its population as residents look to Virginia and Ohio for a new start.

Coming in fifth was California. The Golden State has made headlines for its residents fleeing what critics see as soft-on crime rules and other policies. According to the survey, Cali had the dubious honor of being hated by the most states, with 9.

Our neighbors in Pennsylvania ranked 24th most hated while Connecticut was tied for 9th with Kentucky.

Zippia also looked into which states were hated the LEAST.

Here are the top 5 LEAST HATED states…

  • #5 Minnesota

    Minnesota map

    Map from ‘Arbuckles’ Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America,’ produced by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company, depicts the state of Minnesota, 1889. The map is surrounded by scenes from the state, and originally appeared on a page with three other maps; Colorado, Utah, and Montana. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

  • #4 Idaho

    Idaho map

    Map from ‘Arbuckles’ Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America,’ produced by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company, depicts the state of Idaho, 1889. The map is surrounded by scenes from the state, and originally appeared on a page with three other maps; Washington, Mississippi, and California. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

  • #3 Montana

    Montana map

    Map from ‘Arbuckles’ Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America,’ produced by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company, depicts the state of Montana, 1889. The map is surrounded by scenes from the state, and originally appeared on a page with three other maps; Colorado, Utah, and Minnesota. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

  • #2 Utah

    Utah map

    Map from ‘Arbuckles’ Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America,’ produced by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company, depicts the state of Utah, 1889. The map is surrounded by scenes from the state, and originally appeared on a page with three other maps; Colorado, Montana, and Minnesota. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

  • #1 Colorado

    Colorado map

    Map from ‘Arbuckles’ Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America,’ produced by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company, depicts the state of Colorado, 1889. The map is surrounded by scenes from the state, and originally appeared on a page with three other maps; Utah, Montana, and Minnesota. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)