New Jersey Considers Fast Food Tax...
...well, not really.
According to government officials, it's something that was mentioned as a way to fund struggling hospitals, but no measure has actually be put before the NJ legislature.
The vast majority of the people interviewed in this local NBC affiliate segment were against it, but then again they all had McDonald's bags in their hands.
This is one of those instances (and these will increase if the economy keeps going in its current direction), where politics and food meet. The number of cases of heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments have a direct correlation with the way we've been eating in the past four or five decades, and if an extra five cents on each Big Mac can go towards offsetting the costs of treating these diseases, go right ahead. If an extra five cents on a Whopper can go towards prevention costs, go right ahead. And, if an extra five cents can convince a young mother or father to go to the store or the local farmers market and buy some veggies, please New Jersey, go right ahead.
You're the Garden State, not the drive thru state - start acting like it.