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Old 01-14-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: New Jersey/Florida
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It is the same people who wish they can retire but can't that are not happy to see a person retire and be happy. I know plenty of people that are jealous when I tell them that I can retire at the ripe old age of 51 YOA. I have worked 30 years in law enforcement and I could have left 5 years ago. I'll admit it I'M SCARED about retiring and I wasn't scared working in the hood for 30 years. My problem is what happens if I don't like it, I can't go back to my old job, the friends I've made. Retiring will be coming but who knows when. The good thing though is I can leave whenever I want. Good luck on your retirement you deserve it.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: NJ
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From one Jersey Man to another.

I will be retiring in about a year and have the same aprehensions that you have about not being able to go back. I am a little "scared" also, but this always happens when one makes drastic changes in one's life. I believe that "the one upstairs" will give me a hand and things will work out. I am trying to do so some volunteer work in preparation for when the time comes. I have worked for 34 year and thus much of my challenges and successes have been work-centered. I am looking forward, however, to new challenges and spare time to "take it easy" if I want.

Will you be retiring in NJ? I am moving out.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'd love to hear comments from the two NJ residents about the practicality of retirement there. I love Cape May, but we never even considered it for retirement because I've always heard NJ taxes are brutal on retirees.
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: New Jersey/Florida
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Normie,
Thats the #1 issue in Jersey now. My property taxes are 15K yes 15 thousand and going up. Thats why you have a lot of retirees and younger adults leaving. As for me I'd like to leave but I can't pry the wife away yet. We are within walking distance to the Atlantic Ocean and have a son in Priceton, daughter in TCNJ and 2 others in High School.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If you have a home within walking distance of the ocean, that's something to consider. I sold a townhouse that was just a mile from the pacific ocean and always regretted it.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I concur with JERSEY MAN, taxes are incredibly high. And now, to top it off, they are charging a tax if you leave the state when you sell your house! Even the toll roads are going up by 50% next year.

I could probably retire in Central NJ, where we live, with pension and SS but I hate giving so much money for property taxes with little in return. I would love to retire here but I do not want to leave my hard earned dollar to the government, so I am going south where the living is easy.
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