Go figure. New Jersey once again has bragging rights as the richest state, but we still have two of our biggest cities registering as among the poorest in the country.
There’s the McMansioned suburbs like Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Burlington, boasting the lowest poverty rates in the country and some of the highest-incomes. Then there’s Camden with 44 percent of its residents living in poverty and the highest poverty rate in the country.
And if that discrepancy wasn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t disturbing enough, NJ’s children (both rich and poor) are sitting inside scorning veggies (you know those mushy, yucky things without cool packages) working on their MySpace pages or watching reruns of The Brady Bunch 24-7 and getting fatter:
About 20 percent of New Jersey√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s sixth-graders are obese and 18 percent are overweight, according to a study of 2,393 student records from 40 randomly selected public schools.”
Is this the NJ version of the apocryphal Marie Antoinette line, “Let Them Eat (poly-unsaturated, multi-manipulated, trans-fatty, artificially-sweetened, Red Dye #2-infused and otherwise enhanced to preserve flavor and lengthen shelf-life) Cake”?
Except in Montclair of course, where the cake would be described as…(give us your best shot here)