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    Default The best of New Jersey !

    I thought some of the ex-New Jersey folks might get a good laugh, or a good memory from this article.
    Yes, we have our share of critics and naysayers. But we do have a wide diversity of people, places, landscapes and history.
    Not to mention food !
    I'll point out just a few of places and comment. Maybe some others can do the same.

    The 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey
    There are about nine million of us living here, and we all can't be delusional.
    Apart from those who live here primarily because of job or family, most New Jerseyans live here because they like it here! New York City is a quick PATH or train ride away - why live there? The Shore, the Pine Barrens, beautiful countryside, diners, beaches, the nation's most diverse city, small towns, great scenic highways - does any state pack as much variety into one compact package as New Jersey? Nope.
    Here are the 50 best reasons to live in New Jersey.
    Taylor ham/pork roll
    A Taylor ham (or pork roll), egg and cheese is New Jersey's unofficial state sandwich, and since we have an official state reptile, state bug, even a state dinosaur, you'd think some New Jersey governor would come along and proclaim Taylor ham, egg and cheese the official state sandwich.
    We've discussed this before. If you add in all the Bagel shops, we have any breakfast covered. Especially if it's a bagel, egg and Taylor pork roll sandwich !
    Boardwalks
    There is something about the soft comforting plunk of shoe or sandal on the boards. Around you are the sights, sounds and smells of summer - wheel operators barking; kids screaming gleefully on the rides; the welcoming whiff of funnel cake, ice cream, pizza and sausage sandwiches.
    Some are quiet, some have rides, some are older then others, but they all have the salt air and beaches. I prefer Cape May, but I have visited most in my lifetime.
    Cheesesteaks
    What does South Jersey do better than North or Central Jersey? Cheesesteaks, and it's not even debatable. No less an authority than the late Anthony Bourdain proclaimed the best Philly cheesesteak can actually be found in New Jersey, at Donkey's Place in Camden. Donkey's also made my list of the state's 20 best cheesesteaks.
    OK, I'll admit I haven't had a Donkey's for a long time. Yea, as I remember they are good. But so are any number of pizza/sandwich places all over Jersey.

    Read the list and see what separates us from others.

    https://www.nj.com/entertainment/ind...ew_jersey.html
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    I'll put this article here, in the New Jersey thread. It does say what another member had mentioned before, that more people are moving from NJ then are moving into Jersey.
    My comment on that is this. We make above average wages here. We have the closeness of major medical centers. The sweet spot of commerce, directly between Washington DC and New York city. The Jersey shore is less then a hour away for most of us, entertainment, multiple sports franchises on both sides of the Delaware river.
    If you read the article, it tells you that 70% of the people leaving are retirees or claim employment as the reason for leaving.
    Me ? I'm not likely to leave as most relatives are local. 8 of my 11 grand children are here. Besides, it's not as bad as many would like to portray it as.

    Twice as many moved out of New Jersey in 2018 than moved in
    Twice as many people moved out of New Jersey in 2018 as moved in. The migration, the largest of any state, has dropped the Garden State's population to pre-2013 levels.
    Statistics show newcomers skew younger than those moving out. Nevertheless, retirees are leading an emigration that saw the state's ratio of outbound movers top United Van Lines’ 42nd annual National Movers study.
    Of those leaving the Garden State, about 70 percent cited retirement or employment as the reason.
    https://www.northjersey.com/story/ne...ed/2463997002/
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    Maybe I should have titled this thread "Best and Worst" of New Jersey.

    This article should send some chills down everyone's spine. Yes, we pay dearly to live here, but we have a little of everything to enjoy at the same time.

    AVERAGE NJ PROPERTY TAX IS $8,767 — SEE HOW YOUR TOWN COMPARES
    The average residential property tax bill in New Jersey rose fastest in the counties with lower household incomes, according to a review of 2018 tax data by New Jersey 101.5.
    Official data from the state Department of Community Affairs isn’t expected to be available for another two or three weeks, so this analysis relies on the 21 county abstracts of taxable properties and average residential assessment figures from the state Division of Taxation.
    The average statewide residential tax bill rose by the smallest amount in decades: $77, or 0.9 percent. But that was skewed by long-overdue revaluations.
    The biggest increases for the average tax bill were in South Jersey counties.
    Four towns saw the average residential tax bill increase by more than 10 percent: Interlaken, Elmer, Wrightstown and Stow Creek.
    So let me add a few comments.
    Yes, I live in south Jersey, so my taxes went up, but they have every year I have lived here.
    The towns listed with the largest increases, Interlaken, Elmer, Wrightstown and Stow Creek. Let me explain the towns I know.
    Stow Creek is a very small bump in the road. They had a small Freightliner dealer I used to make deliveries to. The first time I ever attempted to find the place, I was told to watch for the large oak tree, at the intersection, on this country bumpkin back road. Trust me, they don't need or can afford higher taxes.
    Elmer isn't much better, but a larger town in primarily a farming part of Jersey.
    Wrightstown is close to Joint base McGuire. Area's surrounding the base are on the poor side.
    I don't know Interlaken.

    Yes, it costs to live here. Too much. But it's home.


    Average NJ property tax is $8,767

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    "The best of New Jersey" probably not an interesting topic to most members. Jersey has been the brunt of many many jokes. I was born in Jersey, grew up in Boston and Maine and returned to Jersey after my military service. In the 60s and 70s New Jersey offered many blue collar job opportunities for those of us without college degrees. I made a good living working a combined total of 41 years for 3 Teamster trucking companies. I was very lucky.

    From 1969 to 1977 before buying my home of 33 years I had lived in Elizabeth, Newark, Linden and Edison. I chose to move south after retiring because I couldn't afford to live in my small Cape Cod house in Woodbridge. When I sold in 2011 I was paying over $7,000 in property taxes. I now pay $686 a year for twice the house.

    But I miss New Jersey. I would have had to move anyway because my house and old neighborhood is mostly gone since super storm Sandy. The houses were bought and torn down under the Blue Acres program. But I still miss New Jersey. I miss the great medical care, My wife misses Shoprite and Wegmans. Yes we have Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion and of course a Walmart on every corner. We can even buy Taylor Ham and White castle in some Publix. But South Carolina ain't Jersey.

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    Default Re: The best of New Jersey !

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    "The best of New Jersey" probably not an interesting topic to most members. Jersey has been the brunt of many many jokes. I was born in Jersey, grew up in Boston and Maine and returned to Jersey after my military service. In the 60s and 70s New Jersey offered many blue collar job opportunities for those of us without college degrees. I made a good living working a combined total of 41 years for 3 Teamster trucking companies. I was very lucky.

    From 1969 to 1977 before buying my home of 33 years I had lived in Elizabeth, Newark, Linden and Edison. I chose to move south after retiring because I couldn't afford to live in my small Cape Cod house in Woodbridge. When I sold in 2011 I was paying over $7,000 in property taxes. I now pay $686 a year for twice the house.

    But I miss New Jersey. I would have had to move anyway because my house and old neighborhood is mostly gone since super storm Sandy. The houses were bought and torn down under the Blue Acres program. But I still miss New Jersey. I miss the great medical care, My wife misses Shoprite and Wegmans. Yes we have Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion and of course a Walmart on every corner. We can even buy Taylor Ham and White castle in some Publix. But South Carolina ain't Jersey.
    This member has an interest as I have never had the pleasure of visiting. Baltimore Maryland is as far north as I've been.

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    Yes, my taxes are higher then many other states. Yes, we have major traffic issues in many areas.
    In the first post I mentioned food, bagels and cheesesteaks, along with the treats at the boardwlaks.
    Well how about pizza !
    Here is a list of the favorite ( or best ) pizza in all 21 counties. ( I've only had pizza's at 2 of the listed establishments. )

    The best pizzeria in each of N.J.'s 21 counties
    We simply can't get enough pizza; it's by far the world's most favorite food. New Jersey's too; there are some 2,000 pizzerias in the Garden State, covering every conceivable corner.
    We've done lists of the best burger, best sub/hoagie shop, best diner, best ice cream shop and best Italian restaurant in each county; we've even ranked all 21 counties by which have the best food.
    Now it's time to give pizza its due, with the best pizzeria in each county. I've been to every one of the 21 named pizzerias; no one gets on this list because of Facebook likes or yelp rating. But this is just one person's opinion. Let the doughy debate begin. Note: The runners-up are in alphabetical order.
    https://www.nj.com/entertainment/ind..._counties.html
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    The best of New Jersey, or the affluence in New Jersey ?
    I knew of the many palatial mansions throughout the area. I know taxes are high. But could you imagine paying some of these tax bills ?
    The number one house on the list isn't far from me. In fact it's very close to the Costco I shop at. It was built by the founder of the Commerce Bank empire. The banking corporation was later sold to TD bank corp. for over 8 Billion.
    All the other homes are in north Jersey, the shore area and the famous yuppie Princeton area.

    The 25 homes are listed, complete with size of the home and the property size. The listed number one home's yearly tax bill is a staggering $444,547. and the cheapest of the 25 is only $160,351. That is just property tax. Now add in utilities, upkeep and maintenance to any expansive property.
    And to think. Some of us complain about the gap between the working class and the wealthy. I wonder why ?

    The 25 homes with the highest property taxes in N.J., from least to most expensive
    If there is one thing you can count on in New Jersey, it is that property taxes will be high. Like the highest in the country.
    In 2017, the Garden State sat atop the throne with an average property tax bill of $8,690. Property taxes depend on the town, the value of the home, etc. But the annual tax bill will be extra gaudy for New Jersey residents who own sprawling waterfront estates (looking at you, Gov. Phil Murphy and Bon Jovi) or massive Bergen County compounds.

    Look no further than these properties.

    Using data from NJparcels.com, we identified the 25 properties have the highest residential taxes in the state — ranging from beachfront properties to mountainside estates. They are listed here from least to most expensive.
    Go ahead and look at these properties. Every state has the mansions of excess. Ours is no different.
    The wealthy flaunt their excesses while the average person struggles with daily expenses and worry about their next paycheck.

    https://www.nj.com/expo/life-and-cul...expensive.html
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    Got to admit. We are a crowded and packed small state. Our roads can be congested and at times, impassable with traffic.
    I had to laugh with this article listing the "most terrifying" roads in New Jersey.
    I guess "terrifying" is more about the driver then the roads themselves.

    N.J.'s most terrifying roads: Ranking our 11 worst spots to drive
    New Jersey is hell on wheels. It's not enough you have to deal with epic traffic jams, high-speed traffic and crazed, cellphone-wielding drivers; many roads are white-knuckle thrill rides where it's not clear you'll make it out alive. A traffic circle where few people observe the right-of-way; a park road that plunges vertiginously like some Six Flags thrill ride; a country road where you have to worry about deer, bombs and rockets: These are among our picks for the 11 most terrifying roads to drive in New Jersey. There are not necessarily the ones with the most accidents, just the ones that induce the most motoring agita when we're on the road. We've ranked them from number 11 (simply scary) to number one (complete and utter nightmare). So buckle up and enjoy the ride!
    Let me say this. A few of these roads have been my entire life of driving, so I can't describe them as terrifying, but I can say without the proper skills, they can be dangerous.
    Number 11, US Rt. 130 ( southern portion ) can be a challenge. I took my first T/T road test on that section of road. Scared the crap outta the guy riding with me. Seems he couldn't stand to see the telephone/electric poles whizzing past his ear from the passenger seat. It's 3 lanes across, all tight and little room to navigate. I passed the test and was hired to my first job.

    Number 10, the pine barrens route is a fantastic ride. Many a day was spent out there on my motorcycle, and while doing P&D work for CF. The independent contractor that retrofitted Dodge Powerwagon's for the NJ forest service had their shop deep in the woods and I delivered equipment for them. It is loaded with animal critters and people critters ( we call them piney's ) but dangerous ... nope.

    Number 4 is our long term construction project, estimated to last 10 years before completion. Started in 2013 and expected to complete in 2023. The construction makes it a nightmare, but with several instate type roads all converging in a giant tangle of of spaghetti, it can be a challenge during rush hour traffic.

    Any of you Jersey guys have a favorite road ?

    https://www.nj.com/expo/life-and-cul...-to-drive.html
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    Speaking of nightmares "The East Longmeadow Rotary"


    http://wikimapia.org/1678684/The-East-Longmeadow-Rotary





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    Any of you Jersey guys have a favorite road ?
    I've never driven on number 5 & 7. The others are all familiar to me. I lived about 3 miles from #9 and it wasn't a big deal to any of us. I've never heard it referred to as "spaghetti junction". I'm sure my friend wizard could maneuver it with his eyes closed............. Probably two of my least favorite roads were Jugtown mountain on Rt 78 in winter and Rt 280 coming down that bobsled run at any time. I don't know how wizard handles that commute every day.
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