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Old 01-03-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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My husband may be getting transferred to Newark in September. We do not want to live in New Jersey, but also do not want to commute too far either. Where in Pa is drivable to Newark that has good public schools and safe neighborhoods?
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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where are you moving from? and what type of town would you like? there's all different sorts of areas, but you also have to decide how you want to commute...different routes cause different things.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:41 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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My husband may be getting transferred to Newark in September. We do not want to live in New Jersey, but also do not want to commute too far either. Where in Pa is drivable to Newark that has good public schools and safe neighborhoods?
You'll probably have better luck posting on the Lehigh Valley subforum of the PA forum since that's the only area (Northampton County) that would work. Even then you're looking at a two hour commute each way. There are also some nice towns in Warren and Hunterdon Counties right off of Route 78 also-what are your reasons for wanting to be just over the river? Taxes/home prices? They are a little lower over there, but it might be six of one/half dozen of the other when you factor in the commute.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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None. You can not live in PA and commute to Newark daily. Not possible. Unless you have a private jet.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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None. You can not live in PA and commute to Newark daily. Not possible. Unless you have a private jet.
Actually theres about 40,000 bus commuters form that region , its becoming so congested on I78 that NJT is extending service back to Easton / Allentown,PA later this decade.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:50 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Auto commute from PA to Newark at the minimum would be 500 miles weekly X 50 weeks = 25,000 miles just on your commute. It cost at least .50 a mile to operate a car so it is going to cost you $12,500, per year just in extra commuting costs. vs living in NJ.

Of course there is also 4 hrs per day commuting that you don't get paid for plus the time away from family is certainly worth something.

So the question is does you husband really want to spend the extra money just to avoid spending time with the kids?

BTW, our son did that commute for five years and hated every minute of it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Closer to Reading than Philthy
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You're better off living in NJ with that commute, but if you want to be close to PA your husband doesn't have to drive in. Depending where exactly his job is located, he can just park at train stations like Hackettstown, High Bridge, White House(for free or cheap) and ride the train. But it depends on where he is working.

You should also try looking into SE PA near Philly. Again, the commute might not be terrible if you take the train in via SEPTA and NJT. Express service between Newark and Trenton during the rush, and the next station after Trenton is across the Delaware on SEPTA. But again, it depends on where in Newark is his job. Is it downtown?
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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You're probably going to hate yourself. Where in Newark is his job and do you have a very good reason for not moving to N.J.? If it's property taxes or car insurance ask around, it's sometimes cheaper here. If it's for the kids, well then that's your call. There is a way to keep the in-state rate for the state you're living in.

I'm going to say that you're best bet is going to be living somewhere near Rt. 80 in North Eastern P.A. or somewhere in South Eastern P.A. and taking the Turnpike, Amtrak, or N.J. Transit from Trenton.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Cranford NJ
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I heard Christie is putting a tax on all who live out of state and work in NJ, and it's gonna BALANCE OUR BUDGET. Something Corzine should've done years ago instead of raising OUR taxes every chance he had.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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the area around stroudsberg or the lehigh valley woulc be doable. I don't know why it would take 2 hours though. it depends on the time of day his day starts, but when i lived in Hoboken, i used to drive home to visit parents on occasion north of Scranton, PA, and the worst that drive has ever taken me was 2:45. So if you live in stroudsburg or lehigh valley, you could keep it under 2 hours, but probably not much i guess...
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