The pipeline of New Jersey polls never runs dry; the latest, released today, finds that people in Superstorm Sandy's path love the state a lot less in its aftermath.
"Big drop in Garden State quality of life" is the grabby, if somewhat gelatinous, headline on a press release promoting the Monmouth University telephone survey of 806 adults in early April.
It seems residents in Sandy-ravaged Shore communities are less sanguine about New Jersey than their counterparts in the Delaware Valley area, which sustained relatively little damage.
"(T)he current Garden State Quality of Life Index stands at +21," the press release goes on to explain, none too helpfully. "This is down significantly from other post-Superstorm Sandy readings, including +29 in February and +30 in December. In fact, the current score matches the prior low from December 2010, when Monmouth first introduced the index."