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Camden, New Jersey

CHRIS SLEVIN / STAR-LEDGER – New Jersey is the birthplace of innovation. From Edison to Einstein, New Jersey leaders and companies have shaped the middle class in America, created jobs, and revolutionized our daily lives with life-saving drugs and products.

But in recent decades, New Jersey has been hurting. The Great Recession took a serious toll on the state’s economic dynamism. Between 2007 and 2016, 15 of the 21 counties in the state lost 250 businesses or more. In 2018, New Jersey ranked 44th in income inequality ratio, dropping six spots from 38th in 2011 …

Chris Slevin is the vice president of the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy organization based in Washington, DC. 

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