Quoted from Ranhorton:
So me and my family are moving to the Garden State from Madison, WI in May and I'd love to get some insight from any of you NJ locals.
I'm going to be working in Secaucus and just beginning my search for a home.
Looking to live in the best school district we can afford (within a 20 mile radius of work) or at least in a town where every bar has a pinball machine in it
Really, really sad to be leaving my Madison pinball crew but excited to meet all you Jersey pinballers.
I was raised in a southern New Jersey town, Cherry Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia (about 40 miles from Atlantic City). New Jersey has some of the best beaches. The sand is soft (unlike the west coast beaches), the waves are great and the water is an inviting temperature. There are miles of boardwalk with soft water taffy and a few good arcades as well. Cultural events are easily accessible, with Philly only 10 miles away and NYC only 90 miles away.
For 4 years, I lived in the Boston area for college and I resided in Atlanta for 3 years thereafter for graduate school. I liked southern New Jersey enough to return to begin my career and raise my family.
Pinsider, CCotenj, and I live in nearby towns. He's in Collingswood and I'm in Voorhees. I agree with CCotenj that many New Jersey towns are quite nice, especially for families.
Yes, property taxes are high. Yes, our governor uses our tax money to defend his bridgegate shenanigans and travel to Europe to enhance his political aspirations. But, gas prices are among the lowest in the nation. Yes, it's among the few states where the attendant must pump the gas. Access to health care specialists is nothing short of spectacular, with some of the best medical research institutions in our backyard.
On the downside, New Jersey has adopted the Common Core PARCC standardized testing debacle. If you have kids in the public schools, be sure to opt out of the PARCC tests, which is your right! Feel free to send me a private message for more information. Another downer here in the southern part of the Garden State is our Philly Eagles, which self-destruct every football season, like clockwork. At least in Secaucus, you'll be around mostly Giants fans who have some recent Superbowl wins to the their credit.