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susiesue Oct 8th 2007 2:33 pm

New Jersey job offer
 
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

elfman Oct 8th 2007 2:57 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

Welcome to BE
Where in NJ is the job?

dbj1000 Oct 8th 2007 3:02 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

Do you know what visa he'll be here on? Does he work for the company already in the UK, or is this a job with a new company? More information from you will improve the quality of our answers, since your initial question is really WAY to broad! :)

susiesue Oct 8th 2007 3:08 pm

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Hi I realise my question was quite vague, the company he works for are moving from Boston and are in finance, we thought the move was to New York but found out today that it is NJ but they have no location as yet, I am guessing that it would be the part near to NY but as I have only visited NY as a tourist I have no idea where that might be. If it had been a job in Boston we would have been quite keen as we know it quite well but it seems pretty daunting to move somewhere we have no idea about, any info would be great.
thankyou
he does work for the company already in the UK and would be on an L1 visa, hopefully i will have more information soon and will be able to ask more relevant questions. thanks anyway

pickledpossum Oct 8th 2007 3:11 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

Hi Susiesue,

I'm sure Englishmum and Jerseygirl will be along shortly with their wealth of info on New Jersey, but just wanted to say hi. I have recently moved over to NJ (2 weeks ago actually!!) with hubby and 2 kids (7 and 8) and so far so good:thumbup:. The YMCA's seem really popular over here for kids activities, with swimming lessons, movie nights, gym classes etc ...

From what I've seen (again bearing in mind I'm very new here:o) kids are very much involved in after school sports as well, so you don't tend to get many kids hanging around the street corners, at least not from where we're located. Take a look at this website http://www.kidsguide.com/ , contains loads of things to do in New Jersey with kids:thumbup:

Good luck

PP

susiesue Oct 8th 2007 3:52 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 
thanks pp thats great, how did you find out information about housing areas etc.

Bob Oct 8th 2007 5:29 pm

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welcome to BE :)

And have a look through the wiki as well as do a search about NJ and NY as there's a fair few threads with info on them already...

penguinsix Oct 8th 2007 5:54 pm

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Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401369)
thanks pp thats great, how did you find out information about housing areas etc.

Hi

http://www.realtor.com (shows you houses by zip code & by maps)
http://www.greatschools.net (school info by zip code). Please read the WIKI section of this site on Education Lots of info there.
http://www.city-data.com Stats on cities, but also check the messageboards--GREAT information for people relocating.

Welcome aboard.

TruBrit Oct 8th 2007 6:03 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

hi there :)

sounds like a great opportunity for a couple of yrs esp as the kiddies are still young enough for it not to have that great an effect on their school work.

jerseygirl lives in nj and although she is away for a while i'm sure she'll have some answers for you on her return.

all the best!

susiesue Oct 8th 2007 6:04 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 
Thankyou I will check them out, that is a brilliant help.

NC Penguin Oct 9th 2007 2:15 am

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

What do you mean by plenty to do? The children will be going to school, right?

susiesue Oct 16th 2007 10:10 am

Re: New Jersey job offer
 
Yes the children will be in school, we live in the countryside in the uk so I guess I was wondering how accessible the countryside in NJ is for evenings weekends etc. The links people have given have been very usefull and we are waiting to hear where my husband would be based so we can look at areas around there. Many thanks for the links
SS

Jerseygirl Oct 16th 2007 10:19 am

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5401137)
Hi my husband has been offered the chance to go and work in NJ for 1-2 years we have two children 6 and 8 and are wondering what it is like to live there and if there is plenty for children to do.
thankyou

Hello there and welcome to BE. :)

It would really help if you could give us some indication whereabouts in NJ your husband will be working. Generally the further away from NYC the more rural the area will be...not necessarily cheaper but there is more space.

susiesue Oct 16th 2007 10:26 am

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Yes I was a little over eager in my posting and should prob have waited untill we knew where he would be, thanks anyway and hopefully we shall find out this week. cheers

Jerseygirl Oct 16th 2007 10:36 am

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5431016)
Yes I was a little over eager in my posting and should prob have waited untill we knew where he would be, thanks anyway and hopefully we shall find out this week. cheers

BTW do you have any idea how expensive it is to live in NJ? We have the highest property taxes in the country. Utilities, auto insurance, healthcare insurance is amongst the highest in the US. Make sure you get a good relo package from your husband's company. Use the search facility at the top of the page to search for old threads about relocation packages...it will give you some good advice on what to ask for. Give me a shout if you need any help finding the old threads.

Edit: Here's a few for you to take a look at:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ation+packages

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ation+packages

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ation+packages

paddingtongreen Oct 16th 2007 5:20 pm

Re: New Jersey job offer
 
JG didn't tell you that NJ has the world's worst drivers. It must something in the water, all those chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

looselips Oct 20th 2007 3:17 am

Re: New Jersey job offer
 

Originally Posted by susiesue (Post 5430971)
Yes the children will be in school, we live in the countryside in the uk so I guess I was wondering how accessible the countryside in NJ is for evenings weekends etc. The links people have given have been very usefull and we are waiting to hear where my husband would be based so we can look at areas around there. Many thanks for the links
SS

I just moved to New Jersey from Boston......the countryside is very accessible here. NJ is called the Garden State and right now it is stunning - the fall foliage is at its peak. I am sure you will find some amazing walks, hikes and areas to visit wherever you land.

We love going by the Delaware River on weekends in summer (so pretty), this weekend we are heading to The Great Swamp (lol!) and other weekends we have gone to the shore and Liberty State Park and countless other areas. We see have seen squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies, bats, foxes, deer, eagles .....and are looking out for groundhogs and black bears. Never thought I would say it but I love it here....and I was in Boston for over 10 years and loved it there!

Good luck and let us know where you land.

looselips Oct 20th 2007 3:20 am

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Originally Posted by paddingtongreen (Post 5432535)
JG didn't tell you that NJ has the world's worst drivers. It must something in the water, all those chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

PS: I agree with NJ having the worst drivers. I always thought Texas was bad but NJ beats them! They do not know how to use roundabouts, never indicate, are aggressive and hog the middle lane. I owe Patrick Hasler an apology as I thought he egzagerated how bad drivers were here...my experience of visiting here several times a year and now living in this state opened my eyes. Truly awful drivers....but I suspect they are proud of this fact!


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