ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 06: Rob Thomas performs in concert to benefit The Sidewalk Angels Foundation at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa January 6, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)

As reported this morning on Joel and Maryann in the Morning, this year marks the 10th anniversary of Rob Thomas‘ annual charity concert at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and he’ll mark the milestone with a special one-night-only event which will take place in January.

For the show, the Matchbox Twenty frontman has invited some “very special guests” to perform along with him, but he is remaining tight lipped on who they are at the moment. The event is set for Sunday, January 15.

The concert benefits Thomas’ Sidewalk Angels Foundation, which he co-founded in 2003 with his wife Marisol Maldonado. He explained on Twitter that his charity supports “over 20 no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues across the country” by providing them with critical resources and funds.

Rob also pointed out that COVID-19 impacted these rescues and shelters, so his charity is helping them “continue their work as well as make sure that families can continue to get the care they need for their pets.”

Tickets for the event go on sale Today for VIP and fan club members on The Borgata’s website. General public ticket sales start this Friday, September 30.

 

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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)