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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

THE STATE OF SUICIDE
killing fields
Growing up in New York, you learned early about the wealth of comedic fodder to be found across the state line in New Jersey. The mere idea of the Garbage Garden State was enough to elicit a good chuckle.

If only we had material like this back when I was an young lad: A state government-commissioned study, "Suicide in New Jersey, 1999-2000", finds that more New Jerseyans die from suicide than homicide each year.

Punch line: Living in Joisey makes you want to kill yourself before someone else can beat you to it.

Of course, you've gotta wonder how many of the documented suicides were really just cleverly-disguised whackings.

And no, I've never, personally, lived in New Jersey.