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View Poll Results: Connecticut vs New Jersey
Connecticut 18 40.91%
New Jersey 26 59.09%
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Specifically SW Connecticut and Northern NJ.

Which is the overall greater place when it comes to amenities, lifestyle, neighborhoods, scenery..that is, the superior suburb of NYC?
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: NY
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Connecticut is much more beautiful than NJ.

Connecticut.

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Old 10-17-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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NJ's location and amenities FTW.
I'm often traveling to CT- I'm in CT more than 5 times a year, I love that state, though I don't think SWCT offers more than NNJ.

CT is on the LI Sound, it has beaches
NNJ is along the Hudson River, it has access to Manhattan

SW CT is really beautiful, and less congested for the most part- NNJ has a lot of that Manhattan flow in the immidiate NYC area, but it can be just as beautiful the farher you go out.

I think it's better to just compare overall states- NNJ is much bigger than SWCT.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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I think CT has nice areas (and doesn't have as many bad areas as NJ), but I think NJ's nicer areas are far more abundant.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think CT has nice areas (and doesn't have as many bad areas as NJ)
Are you sure about that?
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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In a way they are both kind of simliar except NJ being on a larger scale. Think about it, both have very urbanized areas clustered on there waterfronts, both have high class suburbs and both have really bad areas (CT, Bridgeport). NJ is larger and has a much higher population so the list of bad vs goods are going to be a bit more extended, but due to that point I would go with NJ because of the excess of options.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:30 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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NJ has urbanity over a significantly larger area, is significantly more diverse, has significantly better public transit, and has much better access to NY and Philly than CT has to NY and Boston.

NJ, hands down.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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OK, I'm new to the area and drove from Manhattan to Greenwich and Manhattan to New Brunswick (twice).

Crossing into Connecticut from NYC looked gorgeous..crossing into New Jersey from the Holland Tunnel, crossing in through the Verrazano and onto the Turnpike, going through the Lincoln Tunnel en route to EWR...NJ looked so....gritty and industrial. Every direction I enter NJ from looks the same (well, crossing over through the GWB looked better).

Connecticut and NJ look completely different by first impressions.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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OK, I'm new to the area and drove from Manhattan to Greenwich and Manhattan to New Brunswick (twice).

Crossing into Connecticut from NYC looked gorgeous..crossing into New Jersey from the Holland Tunnel, crossing in through the Verrazano and onto the Turnpike, going through the Lincoln Tunnel en route to EWR...NJ looked so....gritty and industrial. Every direction I enter NJ from looks the same (well, crossing over through the GWB looked better).

Connecticut and NJ look completely different by first impressions.
I'm assuming you took th merrit pkwy into CT- that's comparable to the Palisades pkwy in NJ. Both are beautiful routes. Obviously you didn't go into jersey via the GWBridge- it's nothing like you described.

If you drove to CT through 95, your impression of jersey would be no different from CT.

NJ is infamous for it's highway density around nwk/Ebeth/jc- it's an industrial Mecca along th highways around there.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Ya know Connecticut isn't exactly the cat's meow. That stretch of I-95 between New Haven and NY must exist in hell. Yes sure there are some of America's most acclaimed suburbs such as Darien, Westport, and Greenwich and cool edge cities like Stamford but there are also very gritty industrial cities such as Bridgeport that could match Jersey's industrial image. In Jersey suburbs like Alpine and Franklin Lakes rank as highly as many SW Conn. suburbs and edge cities like Hoboken and Jersey City have great urban ammenities with better access to NYC. Long Island Sound beaches leave something to be desired and I'd say the Jersey Shore is much more of a destination.
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