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New Jersey the Most Stressed Out State !

Ridgewood Crash Creates Traffic Havoc

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey is the most stressed out state in the U.S. (at least according to a recent report by Zippia). Zippia ranked their top 10 most stressed states in the U.S. Zippia is a job search site.

New Jersey with a population: 8,915,456 , tops the list for the most stressed state in the U.S. People in New Jersey work long hours, have long commutes, and have a high home price to income ratio.

If you’ve ever wondered why it is known as the garden state, perhaps beautiful gardens, fresh food, and diners are part of Jersey’s stress management program.

In order to measure how stressed out a state is, Zippia chose a set of six criteria that reflect how sleepless people are:

Long commute times
Hours worked
Population density
Home price to income ratio
Percent uninsured population

The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the state are. Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2012-2016. We ranked each state from 1 to 50 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria.These ranks were then averaged into one stressed out score. The lower the score the more stressed out state in America.

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Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella


March 13,2017

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Trenton, NJ – In preparation for Winter Storm Stella expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.

“This severe winter storm is expected to produce tonight through Tuesday afternoon significant snow accumulations, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, widespread coastal flooding and hazardous whiteout travel conditions,” Governor Christie said. “During these threatening conditions, I urge all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so our first responders and public safety officers can safely and efficiently handle emergency situations.”

New Jersey roads are expected to be impassable due to significant amounts of heavy, blowing, and drifting snow, low visibility and whiteout conditions, with the highest impact expected from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. Forecasted snow accumulations from five to more than 20 inches are expected in some areas of the state.

Due to the severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Tuesday, March 14 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

Road conditions will be available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at

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Ridgewood Seniors Here is an Idea: Ocean County senior citizen used home as gun store, police say

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By Dan Alexander March 12, 2017 9:12 AM

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — A 75-year-old man was charged with selling guns out of his home in an Ocean County senior community.

18 firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns, plus a large amount of ammunition and cash were seized from the Eton Road home of John Figlar on Friday, according to Berkeley Police.

Police said they were acting on a tip that Figlar was selling the weapons without the required permits and were considered street level sales.

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