So, how free is your state?  Here are the latest rankings from an expansive George Mason University study (pdf) based on personal freedoms, as well as both fiscal and regulatory policies in each state.

The top five most free states are:  North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.

Rounding out the bottom five are:  Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and the Nanny State herself, New York.  The President’s home state of Illinois was #45, keeping it just out of the bottom five!  Generally, there were no surprises aside from Massachusetts being a bit high at #30.

My state of New Jersey is awful.  Governor Pop-n-Fresh may still be popular in NJ, but a real look at his policies in action will not warrant my vote this November — the tolls have gone up, the state’s economy is stagnant, our debt problem is dire, plus he’s an awful Republican and not a conservative given all the one-size-fits-all dictates from Trenton on education and property taxes.   So, I’m not surprised that NJ’s rank hasn’t changed since GMU’s last survey.

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