Historically, New Jersey finds itself on the bad end of these reports, but lately, it seemed like the tides were turning for the Garden State. But that progress seems to have come to a dead stop with the results of a study determining the most unfriendly state in the country. You will not have a friendly reaction to the results.

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First, let's recap some of the good news New Jersey has recently received. We were informed that we were the best state to live in. No. not Hawaii, not Florida, and not Arizona. The #1 state to live in is little old us.

And we were also recently informed that the Garden State is among the happiest states in the country, too. As a matter of fact, we are proudly sitting in the #3 spot in that category. We had no idea we were that happy!

But alas, the good times have come to an end for lovers of the Garden State. A recent study has ranked the friendliest states in America, and, unfortunately, the Garden State is right back where we don't want to be, and that is pretty close to the bottom.

As a matter of fact, New Jersey is ranked as the 8th Unfriendliest State in America, according to BestLife. Wait, that means 7 states are less friendly than we are? That's a small victory, right?

I'm going to have to stick up for my fellow New Jersey residents here, though. Just because we don't adorn our friendliness with over-the-top phoniness, it doesn't mean we're not friendly. It just means we're friendly and genuine.

At least that's the story I'm going with.

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