Top 10 in NJ? WTF?

Another mind numbing “top 10” list from Movoto:

The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey

1. Fair Lawn
2. Edison
3. Westfield
4. East Brunswick
5. North Brunswick
6. Wayne
7. Toms River
8. West Orange
9. Hoboken
10. North Bergen

New Jersey’s motto may be “liberty and prosperity,” but for our study, we needed a few more criteria to determine just which cities were the best. So we settled on the following seven criteria:

Amenities per person (pizza places, bagel shops, and diners / person)
Amenities total (total pizza places, bagel shops, and diners)
Cost of living (percent above or below state average)
Crime (percent above or below state average)
Education (high school degree attainment rate compared to state average)
Median Income (city’s average compared to state average)
Home value (percent above or below state average)

We started with a list of the 50 most populous municipalities (cities, towns, villages, Census Designated Places) in New Jersey, then gave each city a rank from one to 50 in the individual criteria above based on the data, with one being the best possible score.

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42 Responses to Top 10 in NJ? WTF?

  1. Comrade Nom Deplume, Guardian of the Realm says:

    The brig at 3? Oh and frist.

  2. Fast Eddie says:

    Originally listed at $1,550,000 in July of 2009; currently at $709,000:

    http://www.njmls.com/listings/index.cfm?action=dsp.info&mlsnum=1427941&dayssince=&countysearch=false

  3. Fast Eddie says:

    Renovated and listed at $799,000 a year ago; currently at $699,000:

    http://www.njmls.com/listings/index.cfm?action=dsp.info&mlsnum=1445161&dayssince=&countysearch=false

  4. Fast Eddie says:

    Listed at $499,000, five years ago, went down to $419,000, didn’t sell, so five years later it’s at $499,000:

    http://www.njmls.com/listings/index.cfm?action=dsp.info&mlsnum=1443637

  5. Fast Eddie says:

    Listed at $789,000 in 04/2008; sold for $475,000 in 11/2011; currently asking $589,000.

    Nice curb appeal (barf…):

    http://www.njmls.com/listings/index.cfm?action=dsp.info&mlsnum=1440821

  6. Fast Eddie says:

    Sold for $575,000 almost nine years ago; currently asking $499,000:

    http://www.njmls.com/listings/index.cfm?action=dsp.info&mlsnum=1440045

  7. OK, but where is the top 10 list for caucasions?

  8. What a stupid list. They ranked the most populous cities, so Glen Ridge and Glen Rock and similar towns don’t even make it into the contest. If you look at the full lists, Garfield is #12. Enough said.

  9. NJT says:

    Toms River!? Really!? The only good thing about that place is the trout fishing/catching in the TCA!

    Funny story about fishing the river. Buddy and I are wading down stream him with a earpiece radio.

    Buddy: There’s a tiger loose around here! (remember the ‘tiger lady’ in Jackson?).
    Me: Yeah, I know.
    Buddy: What if…
    Me: I’ll run.
    Buddy: You can’t outrun a tiger!
    Me: No, but I can out run you.

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  11. BTW, the author of that article lives in her parents basement in San Francisco.

    Part-time copy-writer; part-time business owner, fiction writer, painter, improv actress, and professional adventurer.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalie-grigson/65/28b/892

  12. chicagofinance says:

    I forget how much I have mentioned here about the couple that we know on the NJ Housewives. We used to know them better, but since the show started, not so much. Anyway, he hit the lottery for the third time……he is the “firm” in this whistleblower judgement.

    MARKETS
    Whistleblowers Score a Big Payday

    Three Individuals, One Firm to Receive $170 Million in Bank of America Probe

    Four whistleblowers will collect a total of more than $170 million for helping investigators get a record $16.65 billion penalty against Bank of America Corp. , among the biggest such payouts to tipsters in history.

    The payments, to three individuals and a small New Jersey mortgage company, are in exchange for the whistleblowers’ cooperation in a probe into Bank of America’s mortgage practices in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

    The whistleblower lawsuits accuse the bank or the firm it acquired in 2008, Countrywide Financial Corp., of misdeeds like inflating the value of mortgage properties and selling defective loans to investors. The payments, which were sent out this week, also underscore how the bank’s purchase of Countrywide continues to haunt the Charlotte, N.C., firm.

    The allegations trace a familiar pattern, but the whistleblower rewards provide a new wrinkle.

    The size of the payments is “unprecedented in the financial sector,” said Richard Moberly, a law professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who researches whistleblower cases. The biggest whistleblower awards have typically been associated with drug companies or health-care frauds, he said.

    The rewards, some of which were disclosed this week in court filings, are the result of separate lawsuits the whistleblowers filed against Bank of America and were then folded into the bank’s global settlement in August.

    “These matters have been fully resolved,” a bank spokesman said Friday, referring to the whistleblowers’ allegations.

    The three individuals will each receive payments of tens of millions of dollars, and the mortgage company, Mortgage Now of Shrewsbury, N.J., will receive about $8.5 million, according to court filings and people familiar with the rewards.

    Prosecutors and regulators are increasingly making big payouts to tipsters who help them ferret out financial misconduct. The Securities and Exchange Commission in September announced that an informer would collect a record whistleblower award of more than $30 million, more than twice as much as the highest previous award.

    Attorney General Eric Holder also said this year that he wants to boost payouts to motivate insiders to come forward with useful information.

    Robert Madsen, a former employee of LandSafe Appraisal, a property appraisal company owned by Bank of America, will collect roughly $56 million, according to a person close to the situation. He had filed a complaint against the bank in 2011. Bank of America acquired LandSafe when it bought Countrywide. LandSafe is among the mortgage affiliates that Bank of America is trying to sell.

    Mr. Madsen started working there around 2007. According to Mr. Madsen, his bosses started cutting his hours after he raised concerns about properties potentially being overvalued at the expense of borrowers and investors.

    Mr. Madsen said he initially thought his case was a long shot, but pursued the lawsuit to protect his family. Along the way, he came to view the case as a way to stoke awareness about the importance of reliable appraisals. When “we don’t know what the houses are worth, that undermines virtually every bond, every tranche, every investment instrument out there,” Mr. Madsen said.

    Mr. Madsen, who lives in Northern California, left the bank around early 2013 and started a company to help banks, investors and other clients identify potential fraud in appraisal work.

    Shareef Abdou, a former Countrywide manager, will receive about $48 million for his cooperation in the investigation, a person familiar with the matter said. Mr. Abdou is on a leave of absence from Bank of America.

    Mr. Abdou’s complaint alleged that the bank sold defective mortgage loans to mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    “He was able to indicate that there was an institutional breakdown within the bank, and this was a systemic problem, not an isolated incident,” said Brian Mahany, a Milwaukee-based attorney who represents Mr. Abdou.

    Edward O’Donnell, a former Countrywide executive, will collect nearly $58 million, according to a court filing this week. Mr. O’Donnell had originally filed suit against the bank in 2012, with allegations that are similar to Mr. Abdou’s. His lawsuit created the basis for the government’s successful case against the bank over a Countrywide mortgage program called the “Hustle,” which U.S. authorities said churned out large numbers of mortgage loans without regard for quality.

    Bank of America plans to appeal the Hustle verdict, and Mr. O’Donnell hasn’t received a financial award from the government for that suit, according to his lawyer. The payout for Mr. O’Donnell will come thanks to a separate, similar lawsuit he filed in June against Countrywide and Bank of America.

    Bank of America bought Countrywide in 2008. It said that the Hustle program ended before it bought Countrywide.

    The company that filed a whistleblower suit, Mortgage Now, had accused Bank of America in 2012 of misrepresenting loans that it submitted to the Federal Housing Administration for reimbursement, according to one of the lawyers who worked on the case, Clifford Marshall.

    A combined $1 billion of the $16.65 billion settlement was allotted to the three cases filed by the individual whistleblowers. Their payouts will all amount to roughly 16%.

    Mr. Mahany declined to say what Mr. Abdou plans to do with the money. “He’s a very private individual. I don’t think he likes the notoriety of the case,” said Mr. Mahany. “He would just as soon go on with his life.”

  13. Juice Box says:

    Re #12 – yet the Tan Man walks free. If ANYTHING is properly written in the history books about this period of time it should tell the story of how you could buy your way free from a jail cell.

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  15. Grim says:

    Don’t understand a big whistleblower payout with no conviction.

    Surely if the testimony and evidence provided were as valuable as those sums, they would have resulted in convictions.

    Paying a mortgage lender a whistleblower payout for a scheme they were involved in reaches new levels of disgust.

    Holder should be executed for treason.

  16. Comrade Nom Deplume, at Peace With The Trolls says:

    [15] grim

    Consider it a loss leader. In the past, whistleblower payouts were so full of loopholes thst whistleblowers regularly sued to get payouts. The DoJ would use any and every excuse to deny a payout. Sometimes they would turn around and charge the whistleblower in order to get out of a payout. Sometimes they simply refused to pay at all, not even giving a reason. It led to advice from attorneys, and attorney involvement before a whistleblower would ever come forward. It actually became a substantial practice area in Washington.

    The DOJ has had to back off on their parsimonious approach in order to get whistleblowers at all. This may be a symptom of that new approach.

  17. NJT says:

    #12

    “SHAREEF Abdou, a former Countrywide manager…”.

    Rock the Casbah. (Shareef don’t like it).

  18. Fast Eddie says:

    You could scroll through each listing, one by one without wavering and see the substantial losses due to the scam years of the last decade. These are the ones that we see; imagine how many are not qualified to sell and the humiliation they feel being the last one holding the tulip bulb. What a tragedy! The industry really did a number on people.

  19. POS cape says:

    She should be forced to spend a month in Edison for coming up with that list. Like in a dumpy hotel on Route 1.

  20. NJT says:

    Nah, her renting a room in an ‘over 50’ development along rt. 70 in Toms River would be better.

    The Wench would commit suicide…by vehicle.

  21. Marilyn says:

    Hey Fast Eddie, my ex friend is selling a home on Heights Rd in Allendale. Its priced at about 1.19M . It has a fancy pool in the back. The home is actually all custom wood work, the husband is Owner of White Eagle wood working. His name is Robert Policht. Google the name and this man is indicted on tax evasion. That’s how he can afford that house. You see we need a scam!! We don’t have one so we are doomed !!

  22. NJT says:

    #19 FE

    Tip toe through the Tulips…. – ‘Tiny’ Tim. :).

  23. chicagofinance says:

    The guy I know is an attorney, and this is the second whistleblower settlement he has received. The other one was in the pharmaceutical industry about 10 years ago. The second lottery winner was when his business partner dropped dead and he became full owner of a multi-million dollar mortgage business.

    Comrade Nom Deplume, at Peace With The Trolls says:
    December 20, 2014 at 10:40 am
    [15] grim

    Consider it a loss leader. In the past, whistleblower payouts were so full of loopholes thst whistleblowers regularly sued to get payouts. The DoJ would use any and every excuse to deny a payout. Sometimes they would turn around and charge the whistleblower in order to get out of a payout. Sometimes they simply refused to pay at all, not even giving a reason. It led to advice from attorneys, and attorney involvement before a whistleblower would ever come forward. It actually became a substantial practice area in Washington.

    The DOJ has had to back off on their parsimonious approach in order to get whistleblowers at all. This may be a symptom of that new approach.

  24. chicagofinance says:

    Stepping in sh!t once is lucky, twice is a trend…..3x…you come up with the adjective…..

  25. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Amen!

    Grim says:
    December 20, 2014 at 10:08 am
    Don’t understand a big whistleblower payout with no conviction.

    Surely if the testimony and evidence provided were as valuable as those sums, they would have resulted in convictions.

    Paying a mortgage lender a whistleblower payout for a scheme they were involved in reaches new levels of disgust.

    Holder should be executed for treason.

  26. Comrade Nom Deplume, who needs to stop screwing around and get back to work says:

    Looks like a missed a good Fabian/ChiFi dustup.

    So much happier now that I have been ignoring the internet meme logic we get from Fabian, Footrest, and the Twit. And that red spot on my forehead finally went away now that I’m not slapping it with the heel of my palm every time I read the product of one of their mental masturb@tions. Chi and Luge, you really should try it. (okay, in Luge’s case, I know he lives for that sort of thing).

  27. Comrade Nom Deplume, who needs to stop screwing around and get back to work says:

    [26] michael

    You’ve been amening to both sides of the aisle. You really are all over the spectrum, aren’t you?

  28. NJGator says:

    I can see why she lives in her parents basement.

    Does NJ Monthly rate the # of pizza restaurants in town so highly in their rankings?

  29. NJGator says:

    Minecraft’s Creator Buys The Most Expensive House In Beverly Hills

    http://kotaku.com/minecrafts-creator-buy-the-most-expensive-house-in-beve-1672978154/+laceydonohue

  30. Fast Eddie says:

    Marilyn [22],

    The whole think was a scam for a decade or better. There are so many people so deeply s.crewed that it’s impossible to calculate. Your right, we certainly need a scam of our own.

  31. Ragnar says:

    I guess Westfield’s abundance of self important but generally disappointing restaurants combined with the high average incomes was enough to push them up. I lived next door to that town for 10 yrs, but never had a desire to “move up” into a house there. Short Hills has too few bagel shops or too many murders?

  32. chicagofinance says:

    “Nobody suggested that, but deception is par for the course for Mayor Putz. Any lie will do in a storm.”

    Now that we’re in full fiction mode, let’s pick up the rabble’s battle cry that the police are an occupying army of racist white brutes and that the five officers assaulted had it coming. Let’s ignore reality to pretend Mayor Bill de Blasio is on solid ground when he stokes the flames by saying police are a threat to his biracial son.

    To believe that, you now have to erase two sets of facts. One, the fact that violent crime in New York is overwhelmingly the province of nonwhite males, both as victims and perpetrators. Two, you have to disregard that police shot at only 40 suspects last year, reaching, like crime, a historic low.

    Cops fired their guns in just 81 incidents in 2013 — including 19 times at dogs. The incidents include six police suicides, as against eight armed suspects the police shot and killed.

    There is more, but you get the point. The list of facts you have to ignore to defend the violent and disruptive crowds is so long that something else is going on here, something far more sinister.

    It’s only by peeling back the layers of pretend that we get to the naked truth: The whole narrative of widespread police brutality is a big fat lie.

    It’s a lie that turns truth on its head, meaning the movement the mayor praises as “organic” and says is raising legitimate concerns is a scam foisted on the public for the sole purpose of advancing a far-left political agenda.

    The NYPD saved the city from killers, rapists and muggers and most New Yorkers know it. They showed their appreciation by trusting cops and giving former commissioner Ray Kelly sky-high approval ratings all through his 12 years — higher, in fact, than any politician, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    To de Blasio, that wall of trust is a barrier to his agenda of class and race warfare. He harped on a “tale of two cities” and “income inequality” not to fix problems, but as a revolutionary whistle for those radicals who want to smash Wall Street, capitalism and American norms.

    Tearing down trust for the cops is essential to opening the door for an erosion of law enforcement. “Broken windows” policing will be shattered, meaning a lower quality of life in most neighborhoods.

    Acting like a candidate trying to define his opponent, the mayor is dirtying up the police so he can diminish the public’s trust in them. He’s running against the NYPD.
    That explains the trumped-up accusations of racism against Kelly and the whole department and the flood of laws and overseers aimed at handcuffing cops.

    Whipping up the crowds to fool the public into thinking there is a serious police problem that must be fixed opens a new phase in the campaign. His son was just another tool in de Blasio’s bag of dirty tricks. He’s even trying to use Cardinal Timothy Dolan to isolate the cops’ union.

    The mayor pooh-poohs the $23 million police overtime cost by trotting out a straw man.

    “Do we tell people they’re not allowed to raise their voice,” de Blasio said in rejecting cost concerns. “Do we tell people they’re not allowed to march.”

    Nobody suggested that, but deception is par for the course for Mayor Putz. Any lie will do in a storm.

    How about that fence around Gracie Mansion? As The Post reported, he requested it for privacy. When asked, he blamed police, saying they wanted it for security. A wooden fence for security isn’t even a good lie.

    Naturally, his office also gave out a phony figure for the cost, low-balling it at $4,250. Finally embarrassed into seeking permits, the cost suddenly jumped to $30,000.

    Trust him? Don’t even bother pretending.

  33. Comrade Nom Deplume, Guardian of the Realm says:

    2. NYPD cops ambushed and killed by Baltimoron who wanted to kill cops.

    Where’s Twitless with a gun control tweet?
    Where’s footrest with a racist rant?

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  35. joyce says:

    “They came in did what they did, figured out that they messed up and now they are doing everything they can to cover it up. They treated a normal American citizen like an animal. It’s not right,” Mr. Chadwick said in an interview with FOX 26.

    “They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Mr. Chadwick.

    According to FOX 26, Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy declined to comment on camera, but did say he stands by his decision to prosecute Chadwick, despite the multiple no-bills and not guilty verdict. Asked how much the case cost taxpayers, Healy said “I wasn’t keeping a tally.”

    The SWAT team raided Mr. Chadwick’s apartment was comprised of officers from Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford, and the Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Department. To date, no officer has faced any disciplinary action or criminal charges.

    “These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Mr. Chadwick to FOX 26.

    Mr. Chadwick is now pursuing a civil suit against the police agencies involved.

    His ordeal goes to show that even an innocent person minding his own business in his home can have his life destroyed without warning by agents of the police state.

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  36. chicagofinance says:

    Another conservative young person is created through life experience…….watch him get muzzled by his father…..

    Two Chicago men mugged Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s teenage son right across the street from the Emanuel family home on Friday night — and gave the high school senior a bloody lip and a chipped tooth to boot.

    The strong-arm robbery occurred at about 10 p.m., reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Emanuel’s son, Zach, had stepped outside and across the street from the residence to make a mobile phone call. The two men approached the teen, forcibly examined the contents of his pockets and stole his phone.

    There was a brief struggle over the phone. That’s when the fat lip and the chipped tooth happened.

    Neither assailant used any weapons.

    The men fled the scene after the crime.

    Chicago police would only say that the victim of a crime in front of Mayor Emanuel’s house was a male juvenile, according to CBS Chicago.

    Police offered no description of the suspects.

    Mayor Emanuel lives on the 4200 block of North Hermitage in the quiet, gentrified North Side neighborhood of Ravenswood. Because the mayor and his family live there, the police presence is typically high.

    Emanuel said he is “crestfallen” about his son’s misfortune, an unidentified source told the Sun-Times.

  37. Comrade Nom Deplume, armed and dangerous says:

    [38] chifi

    “Mayor Emanuel lives on the 4200 block of North Hermitage in the quiet, gentrified North Side neighborhood of Ravenswood. Because the mayor and his family live there, the police presence is typically high.”

    I smell BS and a lot of it. Something tells me little Zach was playing where he shouldn’t have been.

  38. Comrade Nom Deplume, armed and dangerous says:

    I think that things are going to be a lot more tense for Comrade DiBlasio in the future. This supposedly described the scene at Woodhull after the shooting today:

    “City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio were less than welcome guests at the poignant gathering.

    “We’re all in this together,” the mayor told grieving cops, according to a cop who was there.

    “No we’re not,” one officer said tersely in response.”

  39. Comrade Nom Deplume, armed and dangerous says:

    What’s the old adage in real estate? Last to rise, first to fall?

    What neighborhoods in NYC are going to experience the fallout? I’m betting on a big spike in unsolved crimes in Park Slope after the hipsters find the police presence a bit sparse for the next four years.

    Seriously, in certain NY neighborhoods going forward, the only time you will find cops is when they are drawing chalk outlines.

    Joyce doesn’t know whether to love or hate that idea.

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