I read a very unsettling article, I think it was in Forbes, about the top 25 states where more people are moving out than moving in. As I recall, New Jersey was either at or close to the top. Sadly, I was not surprised. New Jersey today is nothing like it was when I was a teenager, in the 60s. Asbury Park (Monmouth County) was a very cool place to grow up --- APHS had great sports teams, you could walk or take a local bus anywhere you wanted to go, and, best of all, it had the OCEAN!! From what my parents told me, taxes were very low. Actually, they are still much lower than Bergen County, but NOT low compared to other, more desirable state in which to live.
Our state has continued to deteriorate under the tutelage of our esteemed Governor Christie who seems never to have found a promise he couldn't break. So when my clients (transferees) moved here from San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the country, they were shocked at how little they got for $1,200,000, and how incredibly high the taxes were on that home! "We get a fixer-upper for over a million $$, they moaned?" Wait til it starts snowing, I thought!
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