Those were fighting words for Governor John Hickenlooper, whose office compiled a series of state rankings in which Colorado tops the Garden State. See eight Hick-blessed examples, supplemented by Christie memes.Number 8: America's Top States for Business
New Jersey: 42nd
Source: CNBCNumber 7: The Best State for Business and Careers
New Jersey: 32nd
Source: ForbesContinue to keep counting down the top eight ways Colorado kicks the sh*t out of New Jersey. Number 6: Economic performance
New Jersey: 33rd
Source: FreeEnterprise.comNumber 5: Innovation and entrepreneurship
New Jersey: 14th
Source: FreeEnterprise.comContinue to keep counting down the top eight ways Colorado kicks the sh*t out of New Jersey. Number 4: Business climate
New Jersey: 49th
Source: FreeEnterprise.comNumber 3: "The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong /We ranked all 50, from fabulous to failed"
New Jersey: 12th
Source: PoliticoContinue to keep counting down the top eight ways Colorado kicks the sh*t out of New Jersey. Number 2: "Find Out How Your Community Measures Up/State ranks"
New Jersey: 23rd
Source: MilkenInstitute.orgNumber 1: Top State Technology and Science
New Jersey: 15th
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