The only reason I stay in NJ is the wages here are predominantly way more than neighboring states. My trade is specific, home maintenance and repair. It is true though, especially now, prices of merchandise and food are going through the roof. I looked at a 4" pvc fitting yesterday at HD
, WTF it was around $3 a short while ago, now around $7. I stay out of the local A&P- total ripoff lately. I stock up at Costco when I can, 1/2 the cost on some items.
There's a small deli nearby that makes a good 1/2 sub. They have good fresh sub rolls that counts for a lot. With a soda it's $10. I treat myself once in a while. On the other hand, way "down the shore" there's a big awesome Shoprite in Wall Twp. that has a sub kiosk. I used to get a sub there that was so big it was good for 2 meals. $3.89.
The population density in NJ is actually greater than India.
One plus is, there is everything here; if you need a wheel bearing for a 1932 Packard Sport Phaeton, somebody's got it on a shelf within driving distance.
I studied for the NJ State Real Estate Salesperson's license a few years ago. 75 hr. class run by a pompous, arrogant old Basking Ridge Realtor. I never took the test. Point is, there's a section in the official book that deals with "White Flight." White people move away when minorities move in. I see it all the time.
I remember coming back from binghamton to live here back around '79, because of a crazy broad. It almost killed me, housing was so expensive, still is.
Then I came back from Florida a few years later after splitting with my neaxt crazy girlfriend.
Everything I owned was in my '76 4 door 6cyl Nova. I'm coming up the Parkway and getting into the industrial areas-- thinking I made a huge mistake,,,
However, there is a pulse and an energy here like nowhere else. I've heard it described as a "sense of urgency."
I have a deal here so I pay no rent. I exchange services for that. And believe me it's been exhausting after Irene.
I'm laying low until the big O gets voted out. Then maybe somebody will take charge of this country and get the economy going.
Glad to hear about the benefits of PA. I know a lot of PA and NYS people HATE people from NJ. Because the one's they've encountered have been typically arrogant. Some of them come out with money, buy hunting land etc., and proceed to offend the locals. I try not to be that way when I go upstate.
Benefits to any area I guess. I'll tell ya what, i live under the approach paths to 3 major international airports, Newark, JFK, LaGuardia. There is never more than 30 seconds 24/7 when there isn't an aircraft overhead! Except 9/11/01- the skies turned eerily silent, I saw the destruction just after the WTC was gone, at the overlook at Washington Rock State Park in my town. Saw an F-16 fly over my place too.
My buddy moved to Denver years ago, he said people in NJ think it's the only place you can survive.
Hope I get driven out before it kills me