Smitty, I know all about MA. I'm all over that state throughout the week for the last five years. I swear I know my way around Mass better than I do PA, and I live here! MA is NJ's sister. It really reminds me a lot of NJ. Same bullshit up (or should I say over) there too. I should start a Mass bashing thread too. First thing I would start off with that is how everyone there seems to have such a hard-on for NY, and how freaking crazy people are about the Red Sux (yes, the "u" was intentional) and the Patriots, (which by the way, just got stuffed by the worst football team in NY). But since this is a thread about NJ, that's all I'll get into that. Maybe Mass will be my next victim after I've had my fill with NJ.
PeePeeburner, I know a lot of people got caught up in that mess, NJ is not the only state full of fakes. I did a search online like a year ago, I can't remember what site I was on, maybe Zillow, but I compared the house values and their change around Sussex to where I live, and all those houses were dropping like a rock. Branchville was hit the hardest. They lost something like 25% since the crash. My house climbed 4% since I bought it 2 years ago, and it was one of the few places I could find that actually WAS climbing. There's a reason for that: to put it plainly, Jersey sucks! Who want's to buy an overpriced house with overpriced taxes in the middle of nowhere (assuming Sussex and Warren counties) with nothing around and nothing to do?
I just got back from that hell hole this weekend because my uncle got remarried. I was white-knuckling the steering wheel the whole time because the speed limits are set way too low for the road conditions, and I'm always afraid that there is going to be a cop hanging from a branch with a radar gun somewhere. I saw a trooper on 206 hiding in the median in the dark tagging people. I was thinking, god I hope there isn't a drunk driver coming up the road and has a head-on with him. I was like, really? For a speeding ticket? Didn't we defeat the Nazi's, or did they just move to NJ?
Fast forward to Sunday. We took the kids to Roba's Tree Farm in Dalton, PA for hay rides and apple cider. Speed limits on the roads were 55, and it felt like they should have been. I wasn't looking over my shoulder for a PA state trooper, or town cop for that matter, and it was a nice, stress-free ride, and I didn't feel like there was a camera on me or something. All the while I'm watching the water tanker trucks non-stop doing their rounds from the gas rigs. It was a great feeling. You couldn't PAY ME to live in Jersey again.