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originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: TheJesuit
There are 9 million people living in NJ. Everything seems find to me by NJ standards.
I would like to see blue states secede from the Union so our tax dollars don't get handed over to red states. It's funny how people who are the most outspoken against socialism benefit from it the most!!!
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