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Old 10-03-2007, 01:37 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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AP-The residents of New Jersey have spoken-there just isn't enough good shopping, dining, and housing in the state. Despite the fact that the tiny state hosts malls from the haughty Short Hills to the rinky dink strip plazas found along every highway from High Point to Cape May, New Jerseyans want more. "It takes me at least 5 minutes if not 10 to get to Quakerbridge Mall which is totally unacceptable," says Lawrence resident Lisa Quivers. "This state is being totally unfair to residents by not allowing enough malls to be built-and what's more-they have the audacity to create state parks which we have to pay for with our tax dollars! I don't know about you, but I'm not wasting my money on some stupid trees! That money could be spent to construct a second highway to get to the mall, I mean, I should be able to get there in less than 2 minutes."

Residents of Jackson, NJ are similarly fed up with the state's, in their words, "misguided" practice of setting aside open space. Jim Florentine, a recent transplant to one of Jackson's brand new developments, echoed Ms. Johnston's sentiments. "Sure, the Jackson Outlets are nice, but they're really quite small and the highways leading into them need to be widened to at least 6 lanes. Jackson is one of the largest townships in New Jersey and most of it is worthless pine trees and sand. Someone needs to get on the ball and get some development going here." Florentine also addressed the long defunct plan that would have turned the heart of the Pinelands into the world's largest airport in the 1960s: "That would have been a golden opportunity for the State of New Jersey-we could have been in the Guinness Book for crying out loud!" Now all we have is millions of acres of nothing!"

Greg Giraldo, a longtime Hamilton Township resident and employee of the new Ruby Tuesdays on Route 130 lambasted the idea that Hamilton is becoming overbuilt and that more development should occur in neighboring Trenton. "What we've done here in the Hamilton Marketplace is we've brought together a bunch of world class restaurants. I mean we've got Ruby Tuesdays, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chilis, Cracker Barrel, and even a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill! Why would you want to go to Trenton for Italian food when you could have Olive Garden here?" Still, Giraldo asserts that there is more to be done. "The way I see it, Hamilton has a ton of wasted space in the southeast corner of the Township. Recently a measure was passed to protect a 100 something year old farm from development." The measure was short-sighted and needless said Giraldo. "There's no telling how many houses we could have put there."

Perhaps the largest amount of underutilized space in the state is located in the Skylands region. Vernon resident Mike Palmer weighed in on the lack of development in the mountainous area. "If the state was really interested in helping people they'd starting cutting the trees down on all these mountains and leveling them off so that they could be built on. It's criminal that we have all of these hills full of nothing when we don't even have a good Macaroni Grill up here." When asked what he thought about developers buying up former family farms in the region he replied "Thank god-those people need to move to the Midwest if they want to farm-New Jersey is no place for that. People need places to live that are farther away from Newark and farmland in this part of the state is just plain wasteful." Palmer also added that he hopes that hunting and fishing will one day be banned in the state. "I'm not spending my hard earned tax dollars so someone can shoot deer or catch bass. Don't people understand that if we just eliminate the habitat the deer and bears will go away?"

Finally, residents from all over the state are fed up with the protection measures that have been taken in the Shore region, especially Island Beach State Park near Seaside, NJ. Betty Norris, an Essex County resident, talked of the audacity of the state to not allow development on Island Beach. "Do you know how long it takes to get to Atlantic City from here? Do you? Once you get there all the hot machines are taken! They need to build casinos on Island Beach and they need to build them now!" Representatives of the New Jersey Department of Parks and Fish Game and Wildlife could not be reached for comment.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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You are something else!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Rahway N.J
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AP-The residents of New Jersey have spoken-there just isn't enough good shopping, dining, and housing in the state. Despite the fact that the tiny state hosts malls from the haughty Short Hills to the rinky dink strip plazas found along every highway from High Point to Cape May, New Jerseyans want more. "It takes me at least 5 minutes if not 10 to get to Quakerbridge Mall which is totally unacceptable," says Lawrence resident Lisa Quivers. "This state is being totally unfair to residents by not allowing enough malls to be built-and what's more-they have the audacity to create state parks which we have to pay for with our tax dollars! I don't know about you, but I'm not wasting my money on some stupid trees! That money could be spent to construct a second highway to get to the mall, I mean, I should be able to get there in less than 2 minutes."

Residents of Jackson, NJ are similarly fed up with the state's, in their words, "misguided" practice of setting aside open space. Jim Florentine, a recent transplant to one of Jackson's brand new developments, echoed Ms. Johnston's sentiments. "Sure, the Jackson Outlets are nice, but they're really quite small and the highways leading into them need to be widened to at least 6 lanes. Jackson is one of the largest townships in New Jersey and most of it is worthless pine trees and sand. Someone needs to get on the ball and get some development going here." Florentine also addressed the long defunct plan that would have turned the heart of the Pinelands into the world's largest airport in the 1960s: "That would have been a golden opportunity for the State of New Jersey-we could have been in the Guinness Book for crying out loud!" Now all we have is millions of acres of nothing!"

Greg Giraldo, a longtime Hamilton Township resident and employee of the new Ruby Tuesdays on Route 130 lambasted the idea that Hamilton is becoming overbuilt and that more development should occur in neighboring Trenton. "What we've done here in the Hamilton Marketplace is we've brought together a bunch of world class restaurants. I mean we've got Ruby Tuesdays, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chilis, Cracker Barrel, and even a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill! Why would you want to go to Trenton for Italian food when you could have Olive Garden here?" Still, Giraldo asserts that there is more to be done. "The way I see it, Hamilton has a ton of wasted space in the southeast corner of the Township. Recently a measure was passed to protect a 100 something year old farm from development." The measure was short-sighted and needless said Giraldo. "There's no telling how many houses we could have put there."

Perhaps the largest amount of underutilized space in the state is located in the Skylands region. Vernon resident Mike Palmer weighed in on the lack of development in the mountainous area. "If the state was really interested in helping people they'd starting cutting the trees down on all these mountains and leveling them off so that they could be built on. It's criminal that we have all of these hills full of nothing when we don't even have a good Macaroni Grill up here." When asked what he thought about developers buying up former family farms in the region he replied "Thank god-those people need to move to the Midwest if they want to farm-New Jersey is no place for that. People need places to live that are farther away from Newark and farmland in this part of the state is just plain wasteful." Palmer also added that he hopes that hunting and fishing will one day be banned in the state. "I'm not spending my hard earned tax dollars so someone can shoot deer or catch bass. Don't people understand that if we just eliminate the habitat the deer and bears will go away?"

Finally, residents from all over the state are fed up with the protection measures that have been taken in the Shore region, especially Island Beach State Park near Seaside, NJ. Betty Norris, an Essex County resident, talked of the audacity of the state to not allow development on Island Beach. "Do you know how long it takes to get to Atlantic City from here? Do you? Once you get there all the hot machines are taken! They need to build casinos on Island Beach and they need to build them now!" Representatives of the New Jersey Department of Parks and Fish Game and Wildlife could not be reached for comment.
Let the games begin
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: NJ
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It's not April Fools yet. I know. I had to check my calander.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Rahway N.J
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It's not April Fools yet. I know. I had to check my calander.
it will be shortly when our guest arrives
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Did that poster classify Olive Garden as "world class restaurant" ? I'm on the Jersey board
correct? Well i guess it's true, all the northerners really have moved south.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:21 PM
 
Location: High Bridge
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I, for one, welcome our new retail overlords.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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You know we have some sort of Master of Words here when a former Jerseyan took it seriously............( I swear, I was seeing those mountains plowed down, with malls cropping up and the farmers heading West)
Badfish needs a job working for some Newspaper immediately
Why some political hopeful hasn't scooped him up for their speech writer I don't know.
And that Brian G with the "guest", cracks me up every single time!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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You know we have some sort of Master of Words here when a former Jerseyan took it seriously............( I swear, I was seeing those mountains plowed down, with malls cropping up and the farmers heading West)
Badfish needs a job working for some Newspaper immediately
Why some political hopeful hasn't scooped him up for their speech writer I don't know.
And that Brian G with the "guest", cracks me up every single time!!
I so agree
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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You know we have some sort of Master of Words here when a former Jerseyan took it seriously............( I swear, I was seeing those mountains plowed down, with malls cropping up and the farmers heading West)
Badfish needs a job working for some Newspaper immediately
Why some political hopeful hasn't scooped him up for their speech writer I don't know.
And that Brian G with the "guest", cracks me up every single time!!
LOL<puzzled look> you mean he was kiddin?
come on. mine was typed with the same amount of sarcasm.
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