Hello: A Note to Adele from the Garden State

Hello, it's New Jersey.
 I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet.

Photo courtesy of Flickr / Christopher Macsurak

Hello, it’s New Jersey.
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over a possible show
They say this relationship could be something
But we’ll never really know

Adele will be saying hello to New Jersey from the other side (of the Hudson and Delaware) when she hits 50-plus North American cities on her sold-out 2016 tour, including six performances in New York City and two in Philadelphia. That’s right: none in New Jersey.

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of Philly and NYC?

So why isn’t Adele stopping in the Garden State? Senate Republican leader Tom Kean says it’s because the state does not currently offer tax incentives to A-list performers. To attract big name entertainers to New Jersey—specifically to Atlantic City—Kean recently introduced bill S-2721.

Unanimously passed by the Senate State Government Committee, the bill provides state income tax credit to qualifying entertainers who perform at least four dates in Atlantic City’s tourism district. Qualifying entertainers would get a credit on all income they earn performing at any New Jersey venue (including in Atlantic City, Camden, Trenton, Newark and Holmdel) in the same calendar year.

“The Adele tour announcement shows that unless we enact this cost-free legislation, New Jersey will continue to lose job and revenue growth in a wide variety of sectors,” Kean says. “New Jersey gets nothing from Adele performing eight shows in neighboring New York and Pennsylvania.”

Hello from the other side (of the Hudson)
At least Kean can say that he tried
To make it up to you because we’d love a visit
But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

With a closer look at Adele’s tour dates, there is a clear preference for extended residencies at the biggest cosmopolitan arenas in North America—six nights at Madison Square Garden, six nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, three nights at the United Center in Chicago, and so forth. So maybe there would be some incentive for performers like Adele to make a stop or two in New Jersey, if a bill like S-2721 were passed.

Then again, many city centers were snubbed. Perhaps big name performers like Adele just don’t need an extra stop over in the Garden State with New York and Philly so close—not that we wouldn’t love it!

Hello from the other side (of the Delaware)
At least I can say that Kean tried
To tell you we’re sorry for not giving you a tax incentive
But it don’t matter you clearly don’t need the money anymore.

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