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Do You Love Your New Jersey Town?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly, NJ Spotlight's John MooneyBaristanet's Debra Galant and NJTV reporter David Cruz will join Brian to lead a discussion about New Jersey towns. What do the state’s hundreds and hundreds of municipalities mean to New Jersey hearts and minds, and what do they mean for governance and economics?

Guests:

David Cruz, Debra Galant, Bob Hennelly and John Mooney

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Aug. 30 2011 12:27 PM
Maria from Manhattan, at work right now

As a relocated born-and-bred New Yorker, I moved to Jersey City a few years back in search of a shorter commute than from Nassau County to Manhattan, and compared to dealing with the lack of adequate parking, the delays and the infrequent late night service of the LIRR, I loved the ease and frequency of the PATH train (if not the stifling heat of the platforms in all weather, and the drunk & often vomitous frat boys on the trains home on the weekend) and the wonderful views of Manhattan. When Target set up on the waterfront, near the Newport Pavonia area, I knew I'd never leave, or go too far away.

For any Jersey City resident, I can't recommend enough the book "Five Finger Discount" by Jersey City native Helene Stapinski. It's a wonderful combination of her memories of growing up in the '70s and '80s there, parallel to the history of the city's colorful (to say the least) politics.

In JC, I loved the fact that there were great places to eat like Madame Claude's and Marco & Pepe's and the Indian video shops and grocery stores on Newark Ave. I still go back to all of them now.

Two years ago I took the plunge and bought my first home (a townhome/condo) on the West New York waterfront. I love the views of the river and the Manhattan skyline, and the daily commute on the ferry, which is the most blissful way to get to the city and such a pleasant change after the LIRR and the post-9/11 worries about when (not if) the subway will be hit, BUT the one thing I had not really thought about and factored into my decision to buy there was the politics and the corruption NJ is famous for. No sooner did I go to closing and move in than I got notified that my taxes would be going up some 24% because, according to the current political administration, the past administration had somehow hidden or ignored certain non-negotiable costs (insurance for the firefighters, and the like), and now they needed to hike the taxes to make up for the shortfall. Welcome to the new neighborhood!

To some degree, I question the intentions of most politicians, but NJ seems to really have its own uniquely stinky brand of political dealings, and that's sad.

I love where I live now and will likely stay for a while, but if the tax increases keep up, I will definitely look to relocate in the future, and I still have the Manhasset/North Hills area in the corner of my eye for possible retirement much, much further down the line.

One thing I do not understand and really lament is the fact that where I live in NJ, in Hudson County, you cannot have wood-burning fireplaces in new homes, only gas, which, for anyone who's lived with the former will tell you is not the same gas. What is up with that?

Aug. 30 2011 10:21 AM

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