NJ Unemployment Falls To 4.2%

From NJ1015:

NJ adds 17,800 jobs, with unemployment and labor force down

Employers in New Jersey added 17,800 jobs in March, helping push the state’s unemployment rate down by 0.4 percentage points to 4.2%.

Eight of the nine major private industry sectors recorded gains, all except for information, according to monthly data issued Thursday by the state labor department. The top increases were 4,900 in leisure and hospitality, 4,300 in professional and business services and 4,200 in trade, transportation and utilities.

New Jersey’s economy has gained jobs in 16 straight months. It has added back 679,400 jobs in the last 23 months, since bottoming out in April 2020 when lockdowns were being imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

That amounts to 92.7% of the 732,600 jobs lost in March and April of 2020, a rate slightly ahead of the 91.5% of lost jobs that have been recovered nationally.

State-by-state data will be released by federal government Friday. As of one month ago, when New Jersey had regained 89.9% of the jobs lost through the initial February report, the state’s recovery rate ranked 21st highest among the 50 states.

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97 Responses to NJ Unemployment Falls To 4.2%

  1. Hold my beer says:


  2. Ex says:

    A former Clinton pollster is calling Joe Biden’s re-election ‘virtually impossible’ as the president faces a low approval rating of 33 percent that is even lower among independents (26) and Republicans (3). ‘These are spectacularly low numbers,’ said Mark Penn, the founder of PSB Insights and a former Hillary Clinton campaign pollster. ‘To really get down to it, only a third being favorable and in the 20s on independents, of course makes [Biden’s] reelection a virtual impossibility. ‘The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up,’ Penn said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News. Biden has faced multiple crises during his first year in office, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to inflation and surging gas prices, which the Biden administration has blamed on ‘Putin’s Price Hike’ after the US sanctioned Russian oligarchs and companies in response to the invasion on Ukraine. Penn says the president has had more than enough time to build goodwill with the American people. ‘The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up. And frankly, they’ve had month after month here to do something to turn around on inflation, on immigration, on Ukraine, on crime. And they just haven’t done it.’ Penn, who has become a staunch supporter of former president Donald Trump in recent years, said the administration has to ‘signal big changes’ in energy and ‘OK some pipelines.’ He added: ‘On immigration, they’ve got to close the border and signal they really want comprehensive immigration reform. Bring that back. Be a leader in that. ‘On crime, they need to show that, look, if local DAs won’t do the job, the feds will step in.

  3. BidenIsTheGOAT says:

    If you have a pulse, you can get a job. A few people who I considered to no longer be employable have gotten them, and some with good companies. Good luck if they’re one of your charges.

  4. The Great Pumpkin says:

    This labor market is going to eventually hurt the economy if it hasn’t already done so. Recession will clean up the mess.

    BidenIsTheGOAT says:
    April 15, 2022 at 8:13 am
    If you have a pulse, you can get a job. A few people who I considered to no longer be employable have gotten them, and some with good companies. Good luck if they’re one of your charges.

  5. Fast Eddie says:

    If you have a pulse, you can get a job. A few people who I considered to no longer be employable have gotten them, and some with good companies. Good luck if they’re one of your charges.

    It seems to be a “buyers” market for job seekers. I probably should have made a counter offer regarding the new role I accepted; however, I’m grateful for any increase.

  6. Chicago says:

    Ex: If they run Trump in 2024, then Biden has a shot. Someone in the Democratic Party has to have the unprecedented balls to run against a sitting President of their own party.

  7. Fast Eddie says:

    ‘The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up.”

    The disease is terminal. Nothing positive has come from this administration and O’Biden has exposed every flaw he possesses, mentally competent or not. He’s a sleaze bag politician with no vision or common sense. The boisterous elite are not only remaining silent, they’re started to move to the center. And his lackeys are just as blind. Has AOC talked about the rampant crime and targeted assaults in the city she represents? Not a peep. She, like most dems are in it for themselves, as selfish as selfish can be. November 8th MAY be bibl1cal in its shift.

  8. Phoenix says:


    ” has to have the unprecedented balls to run against a sitting President”

  9. Libturd says:

    “unprecedented balls”

    And that there is the issue. As was shown in the 2020 Democratic Primary, What Pelosi wants, Pelosi gets. Any one of them would have beaten the “Hero of the Stupid.” The problem THIS time around, is that ANY one of them, besides Biden, can beat the second coming of the “Hero of the Stupid.” But Biden WILL run again and will WIN the nomination because he’s the party darling. And if you ask the average Dem cheerleader, Biden’s list of accomplishments are extensive.

    What we perceive and what THEY perceive are often 180 degree opposites.

  10. Hold my beer says:


    Are you saying Biden shaking hands with his most ardent supporter isn’t a good look?


  11. Libturd says:

    In other news, Costa Rica was amazing. Besides hiking to see sloths, bathing in volcano-fed hot springs, taking a cooking class with a chef originally from Los Angeles, going on a chocolate tour and swimming at the most beautiful, unpopulated beaches. We also tried to get as much tico culture in as possible.

    Apparently, they are going through a similar housing bubble as us. Housing demand is higher than supply and prices have gone mad the last year. This is very bad for their economy since housing their generally doesn’t appreciate. At the best of times, they spin off 6-8% in rental income. At the worst of times, 4-6%. For the first time ever, all that American “dumb money” is causing price appreciation and pricing out locals. It’s been 17 years since the last sellers market. Though, they’ve seen this before, and they expect the high end homes to lose their newfound value within the next two years. Those buying today will be left holding the bag.

    Pricewise, even during Spring Break, everything is still disgustingly cheap. I really should just move down there the day my older son graduates high school.

    Six days of eating out and not a single mistake on any order. The airport employees and security at the Liberia airport were fantastic. So friendly and helpful and grateful you were there. Could you imagine someone at Newark or Kennedy telling you about all of the dining and shopping options that existed behind the security lines? They even smartly setup the tickets and passports so you would blow through security, customs and the gate with ease. Really, six days without a single thing to complain about except for us getting caught behind one mudslide which caused us a 90 minute driving delay.

    We get to customs at JFK and of course, there is no one controlling the maze meant to queue up thousands of people, so we all had to walk for about 5 minutes back and forth and back and forth for our one plane which arrived in terminal 5 at 9pm. Then, as we leave the long-term parking, for some unknown reason, we were charged hourly instead of daily rates. On the way home, we wanted to stop to get a happy meal for the D. The first two McDonalds we stopped at, the drive throughs played the automated message, but no one was there to take the order. How hard is it to shut the lights in the drive through? We finally found a White Castle, and hot him mozzarella sticks. With two cars ahead of us, it took 40 minutes. In all honesty, our country blows. It really does. I know CR suffers if we are not protecting and trading with them. But, they are infinitely more advanced in the politeness department and organized like Germans. They may be laid back in their free time, but they know how to work when they are working. Oh, and again, when I was shopping at a souvenir shop to blow my remaining Colones, someone saw me holding a bunch of things and ran up to me with a basket to make it easier for me to carry everything (and shop more).

    Also, spoke with my folks in Boynton Beach. They said Covid is the worst they’ve ever seen it down there. No one is testing anymore and more of their friends are infected than ever. They both said that they don’t trust the reported numbers.

  12. 3b says:

    Lib: I disagree, on Biden be nominating again. As much as the Dem establishment may want it, and as much as they try, they simply can’t hide Biden’s mental decline. I honestly don’t know what they do, because as bad as Biden is, Harris is even worse, and she supposedly has her faculties. Dems have to figure out how to get rid of Biden and Harris if they have any hope of winning.

  13. Libturd says:


    You and I see it. But do they? Pelosi is so clueless, she won’t even give up stock trading. The haircuts during Covid? They live in a different universe.

  14. Phoenix says:

    Pelosi is narcissistic, arrogant and clueless.

    Who do the dems even have in the pipeline that would make a good showing, and that they could tolerate?

  15. 3b says:

    Lib: Agree. I have no idea how it all plays out.

  16. 3b says:

    Phoenix: Yes, she is. The sense of entitlement among these old boomers is amazing! Why are they still there? As delusional as the Trump
    Supporters are, so are the Dem supporters who believe that Dems care about the working/ middle class. They care about no one but themselves.

  17. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Writing is on the wall for what the owners want. When that labor market turns….

    “Tech companies keep adding offices despite employees being reluctant to actually work in them”

    “The permanent work-from-home dream envisioned by many tech employees isn’t quite here yet. For proof, look no further than the money still being thrown around by companies on pricey real estate.”


  18. 3b says:

    Hysterical watching the Left freak out, over Musk trying to buy Twitter. He is a threat to Democracy, in order to preserve democracy, content needs to be moderated. He is a threat to the safety of our communities. Unbelievable!! Total lack of self awareness.

  19. 3b says:

    Hysterical watching the Left freak out, over Musk trying to buy Twitter. He is a threat to Democracy, in order to preserve democracy, content needs to be moderated. He is a threat to the safety of our communities. Unbelievable!! Total lack of self awareness.

  20. Fast Eddie says:

    … in order to preserve democracy, content needs to be moderated…

    I saw this yesterday. Suppression. The progressives hate classic America. They feel slighted, out of place, very angry and resentful that “America” does not feel like a part of themselves. They can’t relate and hate the image of “that” flag and what it stands for. They want a brand of forward-thinking s0cialism, an inclusive plunge bath of equally deprived muppets so that all fears and inadequacies can be shared.

  21. The Great Pumpkin says:

    This wsj piece nails it with Musk. Stay the f’k out of politics and focus on your real objectives. Politics is for the birds, not for people with important objectives.

    “The Big Thing
    The Tech Things radio telescope intercepted the following transmission from outer space…

    Dear Elon,

    We know you were told there’s no life on Mars but we’re here, patiently awaiting your arrival. We regularly monitor data feeds from Earth, and this week, we are quite puzzled.

    Obviously, we understand your investments in space. We understand electric cars. We understand brain implants. We even have our own fancy network of tunnels, and a version of your Hyperloop that goes about 3,000 of your Earth miles per hour. But Twitter? Why do you want to own a social-media company?

    In your SEC letter, where you proposed buying the entire company for $54.20 a share, you said: “Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.” Excuse us, as we are from another planet, but do you mean unlock like one of your Tesla cars? Or unlock in the figurative sense, perhaps as an interplanetary comm system?

    Luckily, we beamed into your TED interview on Thursday, where you shared more about your vision. It seems you have the following reasons for wanting to own Twitter:

    Free speech:
    You said “free speech” a handful of times in the interview. You want Twitter to be an “inclusive arena for free speech,” but also noted it will have to abide by the laws of speech in different countries. (That could one day include the Martian Bill of Rights, too, right?) But we have many questions from up here: How do you plan to deal with moderation and avoid the pitfalls of other “free speech” apps? And how can you assure the solar system that you wouldn’t abuse a megaphone you owned outright?

    Product fixes:
    We hear this Twitter isn’t the best. No tweet editing, opaque algorithms and more. “It’s very important that the algorithm be open-sourced and that any manual adjustments be identified,” you said in the interview. You also said that if there were an edit button, edited tweets would retain their previous information, and that perhaps retweets and likes would zero out with an edit. And as for putting an end to bots, we couldn’t agree more. (The Martian Robot Wars were not fun.)

    “The civilizational risk is decreased the more we increase trust in Twitter as a platform.” Again, we struggle with the concepts but we do understand that you believe that this sort of public discourse is very important to humans like yourself.

    Still, with all your other projects, this seems like small bugs (a Mars dish like your potato, only with more legs) and a messy world to venture into. It might be wiser for you to stick with building Earth’s largest rocket, so that we can see you soon.

    On behalf of all of the Red Planet’s citizens,
    Marty the Martian

    P.S. There are no toilets here so you’ll have to find another spot to do your tweeting.”

  22. 3b says:

    Fast: I don’t know what classical America means. I believe our country was always a work in progress, and still is. But if by classical America you mean the right to free speech, then I would agree. The fact that many on the left, have a problem with simply listening to another opinion is disturbing. This trend that their can be only one opinion, and it must be according to the leftist narrative. Of course, the opinion should have some basis in fact, and the information one uses to formulate an opinion should be accurate. Even if nots however, censorship is a slippery slope. And if the Leftists silence the right, the center, and simply anyone who disagrees with them, then free speech is destroyed. Then they will turn on each other.

    9 days comment free.

  23. The Great Pumpkin says:

    I know you guys don’t agree with it, but this is why we should allow free speech to a point on social media. You start getting people throwing out bs information to get clicks/views. Then poor fools start believing it. ‬I deal with students constantly coming to me with bs information because tic tok or facebook said it.

    Go create a social media platform that is publicly advertised as a place where bs information is thrown around. Don’t ruin mainstream social media platforms with conspiracy/crazy talk. It’s not the place for it. It will only create a population who’s views-bias is distorted to unbelievable levels of crazy.

  24. Juice Box says:

    Mulch is $2 a bag until Sunday at Lowes…

  25. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Ahh, opinions like the election is rigged. Really healthy for the population. How bout vaccines are one big conspiracy for pharma to hurt you and make money off you. Thanks to social media, they have destroyed vaccines to the point where half of our population now thinks they are being harmed by them. Yea, opinions are dangerous when they are not backed by facts.

    “The fact that many on the left, have a problem with simply listening to another opinion is disturbing.”

  26. Libturd says:

    People must decide for themselves what to believe. Dictators never survive free speech.

  27. The Great Pumpkin says:


    Keep telling yourself that. People aren’t capable. It’s the truth. Look at our two party system; it turns a good portion of the population into muppets for the left or right politicians.

  28. The Great Pumpkin says:

    It’s funny. You guys want free speech, but then you cry about what’s taught in schools. So which one is it?

  29. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Odds of Getting Laid Off Are at Historic Lows in Tightest Labor Market in 50 Years
    Jobless claims at lowest levels since 1968, but job security even better, economists say


  30. Old realtor says:

    Keep writing divisive stupidity.

    Fast Eddie says:
    April 15, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    … in order to preserve democracy, content needs to be moderated…

    I saw this yesterday. Suppression. The progressives hate classic America. They feel slighted, out of place, very angry and resentful that “America” does not feel like a part of themselves. They can’t relate and hate the image of “that” flag and what it stands for. They want a brand of forward-thinking s0cialism, an inclusive plunge bath of equally deprived muppets so that all fears and inadequacies can be shared.

  31. soutwin says:

    Pump …I don’t want my kid watching porn

  32. BRT says:

    Somebody doesn’t know how to distinguish between free speech and deciding what is age appropriate.

  33. JJ says:

    If you don’t watch porn, how the hell are you going to learn how treat a lady right?

  34. 3b says:

    BRT: You are right. You would think people would not have difficulty distinguishing between the two.

  35. leftwing says:

    What a day…just came back after a long drive through the backroads of NJ, pretty well outside the MetroNYC commutable area, with the convertible…left around noon or so….absolutely wonderful. Hit a few small roadside places, surprises, people happy with other people. Felt like the atmosphere of Lib describing his holiday. So nice to be outside of “New Jersey”.

    Thought about making the distillery a destination, but the thought of getting anywhere near the highways made my skin crawl, and since most NJ roads closer to the City than I am are in worse condition than the main boulevard in Kiev that wouldn’t work with the low profile tires…

    Looking at an exit date by end of June….honestly, getting anxious. Excited, but it’s a move and change.

  36. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Wasn’t talking about sex education which I had in the 5th grade in the 80’s at a catholic school. Was that not appropriate? What are you so scared of? Sex is natural.

    Love how you righties cry about free speech, but try to censor schools. You can’t have both. Otherwise, you are a HYPOCRITE.

    BRT says:
    April 15, 2022 at 3:43 pm
    Somebody doesn’t know how to distinguish between free speech and deciding what is age appropriate.

  37. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Cheers! Jersey is winning! One less angry conservative living in our communities. Winning!

    “Looking at an exit date by end of June….honestly, getting anxious. Excited, but it’s a move and change.”

  38. 3b says:

    Left: Congratulations. Happy for you. Where are you relocating to if you don’t mind disclosing. And of course we still expect you to stay on the blog.

    9 days comment free.

  39. Juice Box says:

    Just weeded my beds and humped 50 bags of mulch in two trips from Lowes and spread them, only 5o more bags to go tomorrow. Whole yard front and back mulched for $200 and the neighbors pay a grand or more for the landscape service to do it those lazy out of shape schlubs!

  40. 3b says:

    Juice: Nice. That’s your immigrant background kicking in. Why in the name of God would you pay someone to do something you can do yourself.

  41. Juice Box says:

    My neighbor is back from Florida, told me he sold his oceanfront condo in Jupiter in one day. Price run up there is officially insane. He paid $410,000 in 2019 and just sold it for $849,900.

    He upgraded to a single family home on a golf course, he was tired of the noisy neighbors upstairs etc.

  42. Juice Box says:

    3b – There was no money given out growing up. I payed for my own first car and college. I landscaped (mostly construction walls, decks pavers etc) summers in high school and college, and was in the best shape of my life too. I also parked cars for the the Hilton and Marriot at night for weddings etc. It was a really great gig too we parked for the Giants too they would stay at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton night before the game. Met all of the old greats too, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Joe Morris, Jim Burt etc drove some really nice cars too. That Hotel is also on a dead end, when we were bored we would race the exotic sports cars on that dead end, and we never got caught.. Even took a Ferrari to pick up a pizza. When an Italian wedding was there we would clean up the old mobsters knew how to tip and I once was given two hundred dollar bills. I don’t have to say it but will anyway when gods chosen people (black hats) had a wedding there they would drive over the traffic cones to avoid valet parking, and when they did valet we were given small change as a tip or zilch…. I got smart and looked up the weddings and figured out what was the best night to work. Usually after a late night there I would drive back home and hang with the old crew. We were underage at the time so it was usually drinking beer in someone’s yard or basement….Fun times..

  43. leftwing says:

    Decamping to a family lakehouse for the summer….post, not really sure….Real estate market and all that, no reason to commit until economy sorts itself out and normalizes….funny, somewhat unexpectedly, when I narrow criteria based on weather, climate, demographics, amenities, etc a fairly small subset of locations emerge…being relatively ungrounded actually does make decisions harder though…I’m not going to where my parents are, my kids aren’t coming back here any time soon, I very much like where my siblings are but not for me (too inland), so everything else is open but I need to keep reasonably easy access to all the above….between the 30 and 38th parallel for sure and coastal or proximate unless on the outside chance I decide to go something like a family ‘vacation’ house in an attractive area outside those boundaries that could be a locus of activities for everyone…Right after covid in mid-2020 I had an offer in on a place at the southern end of that boundary, vacillations of that period spooked seller, wish that one went through. Anyway, I’m making another trip down that way in early May let’s see what shakes out. Not going to rush, for once in a very long time I feel time is on my side in making RE decisions.

  44. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – yes they need to be taught about sex, younger the better it works teen pregnancy is way way way down and so are STDs so congrats to the brave teachers out there. However he whole gender bender conversation is what people are in an uproar about. I don’t even know why someone that works for the State of NJ even developed a lesson plan for NJ school systems that includes puberty blocking drugs which BTW is an OFF LABEL use. That is really out there. I am not a psychiatrist but there are some brave ones out there who say some (not all) might be mental illness and it needs a different treatment plan. Science is out on it still. I am no biologist either, but in my humble opinion many of these challenges are of a more than simple biology.

    Thankfully I don’t have that issue. We are all crazy in our own ways, but very very very few have a desire to lop off the twig and berries..


  45. crushednjmillenial says:

    1:06 . . .

    Who gets to decide what is true?

    Is it the same people that said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation?

  46. The Great Pumpkin says:


    Did 5 yards of mulch this week too. What a workout. It’s a good kind of pain.

    Yea, I get it with the sex ed. My issue is the hypocrisy. Quick to shutdown when you don’t like the message, but quick to use the freedom of speech card when it’s your message being spread. Human nature is a bitch.

  47. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Certainly not the “antivaxxers”or “election is rigged” crowd. These same people think that climate change is a liberal conspiracy. Dangerous.

    “Who gets to decide what is true?”

  48. The Great Pumpkin says:

    It’s kind of sad that the right has resorted to attacking family members with clear mental and substance abuse issues to throw punches at papa biden.

    “Is it the same people that said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation?”

  49. The Great Pumpkin says:


    Changed fluids on zero turn, lawnmower, and pressure washer. Ready to go to work for the season. Saves a ton of money doing it yourself. I cut twice a week during peak growing season. So def save money.

    P.s. my neighbors prob think im nuts for doing it myself. I enjoy it. I’m known as the neighborhood grass guru. Aka lawn care nut.

  50. The Great Pumpkin says:

    BREAKING: Intel sources say Moskva had at least two nuclear weapons aboard when it went down in the Black Sea.

  51. Juice Box says:

    Pumps – re: “I enjoy it. and lawn care nut”

    I am now waiting for my bag of fertilizer, best stuff ever..

    The Andersons Professional PGF Complete 16-4-8 Fertilizer with Humic

    It pisses off the neighbors for sure, better lawn and all.

    Anecdotal I was told about the lawn wars in the burbs decades ago…. and well I worked in landscaping, and as the highlander says, there can be only one. Wait until they see the giant Sun Flowers in honor of Ukraine this season.

  52. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “The Lawn Wars”

    It’s real. Countless lives given to its cause.

  53. 3b says:

    Left: Hope it all works out whatever you ultimately do.

  54. 3b says:

    Juice: I am one of 6, so we payed for our college as well. GS paid in full for my MBA, back when companies could offer tuition reimbursement. Also worked in high school and college. Always working and had money, so never had to drink the cheap draft bear in college.

  55. Grim says:

    The Andersons Professional PGF Complete 16-4-8 Fertilizer with Humic

    Pretty sure that’s illegal in NJ.

  56. Grim says:

    Iron is the key to a super green lawn though.

  57. Hold my beer says:

    How many lawns would 550 tons of iron make green?


  58. Grim says:

    What other choice do they have? They don’t believe in catalytic converters over there.

  59. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Lol def is. Only supposed to use it for new seed or recently laid down sod, which is what you are doing…lol right, juice?

    Grim says:
    April 16, 2022 at 6:18 am
    The Andersons Professional PGF Complete 16-4-8 Fertilizer with Humic

    Pretty sure that’s illegal in NJ.

  60. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Yea, iron is a key ingredient to a green lawn. Most people don’t realize this.

    Soil is everything. The right drainage is important too. Two most underrated factors to a lawn….correct mowing/watering practices.

  61. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Recession signal? Seems pretty desperate..lmao.

    Hold my beer says:
    April 16, 2022 at 7:10 am
    How many lawns would 550 tons of iron make green?


  62. grim says:

    By the way, if your a lawn baller, you should have a wholesale account with the commercial supply, not buying overpriced from HD.

    I’m setup at Wayne Wholesale Fertilizer – awesome crew there. You ever have a lawn or landscaping issue, walk in there with a photo, a bug, or a handful of weed, those guys will solve it immediately.

  63. Hold my beer says:

    You got to admire creative repurposing.

    Anyone remember when crews were stealing cobblestone streets?


  64. Juice Box says:

    Not really trying to be a lawn baller. The reality is any lawn care product I have ever bought from Home Depot of Lowes for weed control was garbage. It never really worked and was a waste of money in my opinion. I have spread it directly concentrated on weeds and it does almost nothing. What I have found is if you mix stronger herbicide yourself with water, surfactant and add in the blue coloring to your sprayer and do spot control on the lawn weeds it works much much better on the lawn weeds.

    Our two local wholesalers sell Lesco fertilizer and products and Jonathan Green products. I did not like either products. I used to do Milorganite for my lawn, it’s cheap and does the job well but I have switched to Andersons, it is really easy to spread and works great the PGF complete with the humic mixed in with the the fert.

    I am off to an early start this year, and will be done with most of the work soon. The town picks up branches and clipping etc in about two weeks. I am going to trim back lots of stuff with the chainsaw and clippers etc and put it out for pickup.

  65. leftwing says:

    3b, thanks. Yeah, it’s been a tumultuous five years or so…super acrimonious divorce with kids just entering college/still in HS, business venture with a partner and good friend who was diagnosed with cancer two weeks after we closed and who passed a year later, other stuff not to get too specific but like funding another “friend’s” business who walked my money out the back door to pay his own long overdue personal expenditures, all with the backdrop of being in a location that wouldn’t be my choice…it’s all good….I dove in socially, really appreciate the people I’ve met, my broader circle are all super solid, fantastic, grounded people (even the B&Bs lol) and I’ve made a small circle of lifetime friends each of whom would lie on the tracks for the other in addition to being part of a really great community. Weird, circuitous, backwoods path down the side of the hill I had to bushwhack sometimes to get through but, hey, that’s life right lol. Feel like I’ve dotted the ‘I’ and crossed the ‘T’ wrt my responsibilities so however many ‘good’ years I have left time to do something new – focus selfishly on me – and enjoy. It’s a very unusual dissonant feeling these last couple weeks of high relief mixed with high anxiety.

    Anyway 3b I’m not going away from here…who would keep you honest lol? Did we flip into double digit days, or are we on Day Nine? Need to find a way to automate my footer.

  66. Juice Box says:

    Yup stealing metals is still big business. A few years back almost every single aluminum guardrail was stolen off NJ highways and sold for scrap. The dealers were in on it too back then. This one in Paterson Zager Brothers who were charged with receiving stolen property are still in business today.


  67. leftwing says:

    “I used to do Milorganite for my lawn…”

    Juice, you guys are certifiable lol but I do need your help…

    First, the crazy part…you realize that stuff above is German shit. Literally…it’s an acronym for “Milwaukee Organic Nitrogen”…..

    The help part…agree with you on weed killer. What works, for real. For spot application where lawn is not a concern. I feel I’ve tried everything…


  68. BRT says:

    Ever since my water pipe fiasco, I redid the whole front from scratch. I putin a 2 inch layer of compost in top and incorporated micro clover into the lawn. I haven’t needed to fertilize in 3 years and the clover has crowded out the bad weeds. I just use a sprayer with a 50 percent mixture of acetic acid water for the few weeds that poke through. Clover also makes the lawn more drought tolerant. I haven’t watered it since either.

  69. Juice Box says:

    Left just about every golf course uses it, BWT biosolids-based fertilizers are in everything. The majority of sewage sludge is hauled away in trucks and disposed of on American farms.

  70. Fast Eddie says:

    Micro clover… I’m pretty sure I did a few hits of that stuff in the ’80s.

  71. Juice Box says:

    Left re- application where lawn is not a concern.

    You need one of these. It’s fun too, but you have to be careful not to set the house on fire.


  72. 3b says:

    Left: You certainly had a tumultuous and stressful few years, but also with many positives, glad to hear that. Life can be incredibly difficult and challenging at times. As well family crap is incredibly stressful and can be overwhelming at times. Unfortunately, sometimes family members can be the worst. I can appreciate you the saying that family can be overrated, not all family, but the difficult and selfish ones.

    Nothing like life long friends, and I have those and am grateful, and no issues with my siblings, except my older one is a pain in the ass.

    Glad you are not going anywhere, and yep you keep me honest, and it’s officially double digits, 10 days. And, it gets easier every day, and I am better for it.

  73. leftwing says:

    LOL, the snark-fest I could have with high end, image conscious NJ residents competing with one another by spraying prodigious amounts of Midwestern, flyover, Red state feces all over well groomed lawns….

    Juice, well aware of nitrogen fertilizers. As you know I do a lot outdoors, the runoff is rapidly killing off plant and aquatic life in once crystal clear lakes and tributaries up and down the Eastern seaboard.

    Anyway, still need the help…have a pre-existing laid stone ‘patio’ in a part of the yard I really don’t use that has nothing under/between stones to prevent weed growth. Feel like I’ve tried everything, damn near the point of getting some salt dumped and sweeping it into the cracks assuming the biblical ‘salt their fields’ will be the cure…any suggestions?

    BTW, love the Red Dragon guy…his quotes are priceless and his Gadsden T-shirt makes the video…sadly, suspect I’d be locked up in my blue ribbon town if I just wheeled that thing out of the garage….Serious suggestions?

  74. Phoenix says:

    Hope you all put your pre-emergent down. When the Forsythia bloom is the time to do it.

    1st step in removing weeds is to not have them sprout at all.

  75. Juice Box says:

    I also burn the weeds on my brick pavers too it’s the most effective way, seems to kill the roots as well, they don’t grow back. Get the propane tank and the torch.


  76. Juice Box says:

    Yup Prodiamine

    Here is another lawn nut.


  77. grim says:

    Milorganite got really damn expensive. I remember paying like $8-9 a bag.

    Before anyone thinks the $18-20 places are charging now is cheap in comparison to other fertilizers, you need like 5x the number of bags compared to anything else.

  78. grim says:

    Got my preemergent and broadleaf down a week or so ago.

  79. Juice Box says:

    Leftwing – white vinegar & dish soap as a surfactant is an organic eco friendly version and it really does kill weeds too. Will work fine on bricks, cracks in pavement etc.

    I prefer Quiniclorac. Drive XLR brand is about 19% concentrate. Add to to a gallon of water with surfactant and blue coloring etc in the sprayer. It cost about $65 for 64 ounces but you won’t need to buy it very often.


  80. Fast Eddie says:

    I just put some muriatic acid in my raptor blast 4000 and it kills pretty much any living thing I target. ;)

  81. The Great Pumpkin says:

    From my experience, you nailed it.

    They have a good saying. Best defense against weeds is a thick strong lawn. It’s the truth.

    Phoenix says:
    April 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Hope you all put your pre-emergent down. When the Forsythia bloom is the time to do it.

    1st step in removing weeds is to not have them sprout at all.

  82. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Remember, your lawn is only as good as the conditions it is given. Growing grass under a tree vs an open field is a different game. Then the drainage matters. Amount of sun. What type of soil. Each lawn is unique. And at the end of the day, remember your lawn is an eco system based on competition. If you want the grass to beat out its tough competition, you have to give it the conditions to thrive. Picking the right type of seed for your conditions is really important.

  83. The Great Pumpkin says:


    After reading that post, I feel bad about giving you trouble on this blog. Didn’t know you were going through that much. Sorry for raising your blood pressure.

    If you have weed in the cracks of pavers, just use round up. Just don’t let the round up touch any grass or vegetation.

  84. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Back in 2017, I put round up over my entire lawn. Wanted a fresh renovation with a monoculture lawn. So had to round it all up. My neighbors were up in arms. Why did you kill your beautiful lawn?! Told them I was having a midlife crisis. Got a few laughs.

    They knew who was king of the lawns after that summer.

  85. The Great Pumpkin says:

    North jersey/nyc metro market will see very little effect. Our prices didn’t run up like these other areas. We have become a value in comparison.


  86. Phoenix says:

    Garden State Plaza. Don’t pay for ringside seats when you can see much better and real fights in public.


  87. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Affordable housing anyone?

    Phoenix says:
    April 16, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Garden State Plaza. Don’t pay for ringside seats when you can see much better and real fights in public.


  88. BRT says:

    Back in 2017, I put round up over my entire lawn. Wanted a fresh renovation with a monoculture lawn. So had to round it all up.

    You know, there is a machine for that? You don’t have to spray poison all over your property.

  89. 3b says:

    NYC metro house prices rose by 20 percent from 2020 to 2021. That is a run up.

  90. Phoenix says:

    Happy Easter.

    Almost time to go to the gravel pit.

  91. Phoenix says:

    Yes, prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

  92. Phoenix says:

    I watched quite a bit of this trial. It was a bit more personal for me.

    If you looked into what was his “last straw” you would see there is a common theme in many of these cases. This guy will need lots of help. Good thing being connected to the very wealthy he will get the best support money can buy.

    All of his videos of the trial are on YouTube. Judge shut down the live chat (you can see some of that on the first few videos) after the first few days. Just go and read the comments, pick any day. No one believes this guy was ever getting a fair trial there.

    It seemed to me that the jury voted morally, not legally. They are supposed to be the same, but much of the time are not.

    Happy Easter Mr. Barisone. I was rooting for you the whole time. I know what you went through.



    I am glad this guy got off, tired of tenants always getting the advantage. I have had tenants attack me, cheat me, not pay, destroy apts. etc… then our governor gave them free rent for 2 plus years and landlords had tp pay their taxes. Fortunately all my tenants paid during pandemic.

    Hooray for Barisone, they literally drove him crazy. Most tenants are honorable and good people… get a d*ck and you lose money and sleep. I am peeling off my buildings now because @ my age I have had enough of the Bullsh*t.

  93. BRT says:

    Phoenix, that brings back memories for me. In 86, I was 6 and in our van. We were at Riverside Square. My dad was backing out and some kid in a camaro also backs out at the same time. They hit each other lightly and the kid gets out and starts kicking our driver side door in. My dad got out, the kid swung at my dad and I watched my dad backhand slap him like 5 times into submission before he jumps back in the car with his girl and speeds off.

  94. The Great Pumpkin says:

    No one wants to hear it, but eventually you’ll be commuting five days a week again.

    I recently spoke with a 50-ish successful executive at a large media company. She said she never wanted to go back to the office. She loved working from her second home in Miami — or the resort in Mexico she just returned from. She said she was just as productive, if not more, working this way. I asked if she thought the arrangement was equally good for junior staff.

    This executive had built valuable contacts, culture and camaraderie by logging many hours in the office with her co-workers while rising through the ranks. There is a lot of grunt work early in a career, but time in the trenches with colleagues, ordering takeout when you work through dinner and going out for drinks afterward is what helps make it bearable. You form relationships that last the rest of your professional life.

    So it’s not enough for young people to return to the office; they need to see and interact with senior staffers there, too. Their elder co-workers not only train them, but the time spent working together — in person — is how senior staff become invested in their junior colleagues’ success. It’s why they offer them new assignments, champion them for promotions and mentor them. It is critical to how careers progress. And it’s hard, if not impossible, to build those kinds of bonds through a computer screen.
    The executive agreed that she benefited from spending days in the office when she was younger, and that senior staff had mentored her. I asked if she felt a need to repay that generosity by going back. She thought about it, and then argued that going to the office posed a health risk, so it’s different now.

    Going back to work is emerging as a collective-action problem. Older, more established people don’t want to go back and don’t feel it’s necessary to do their jobs. But having them return to the office is important for workplace culture, long-term productivity and for passing skills and influence on to younger colleagues. If these older workers don’t return, there is less motivation for younger people to return, too. And right now not that many people are going back: Office occupancy rates are only at 40% in the U.S., and are even lower in cities like New York and San Francisco.

    Returning to the office is critical not just for training younger workers but also for establishing office culture at all ages. If you don’t see your co-workers regularly, it’s easy to forget you like them. An otherwise friendly person can turn into that manager who exists solely to prevent your great ideas from coming to fruition, or the bore droning on too long in virtual meetings. Connecting with colleagues is a big part of what keeps people happy at work. A slow return to the office may be one reason why quits are up.
    True, going to the office may feel like a waste of time. It involves putting on nicer clothes and commuting, sometimes for long distances. Research by Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom and his co-authors estimate that working from home during the pandemic increased productivity as much as 5% (depending on the job), largely from avoiding a commute and having more quiet time. But he explained over email that there can be too much of a good thing: “I see the WFH impact on productivity a bit like going to the gym — great in moderation but problematic in excess.”

    He is concerned about the long-term impact on productivity from too much working from home. He says you need about three days in the office for many jobs to facilitate creativity, innovation and culture building.

  95. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Culture, retention and training is probably why many bosses are demanding people return to the office. Getting over a collective-action problem usually requires a little nudging. But the problem here is that the nudging might not work. Bloom finds that requiring in-office presence can make employers less competitive for talent. Employees may even accept as much as an 8% pay cut to keep the flexibility. As much as 15% of people say they plan to never go back to in-office work.
    So why not just go back two or three days a week? Bloom’s survey suggests that’s what most people who can work remotely plan to do. He thinks a hybrid model may be optimal productivity-wise, since it balances saving commuting time with enough in-person time. And the return to the office will probably start that way.

    But it may not be sustainable. Eventually, the working-from-home option may become equivalent to the idea that you don’t have to answer your email on the weekend. Technically it’s a choice, but not one you can really make if you want to advance. Showing up every day signals more dedication and offers the opportunity to volunteer for big assignments, or just chat over coffee and decide something important with the other people who showed up that day.

    How we work is always evolving. For most of human history people didn’t work in an office or factory. As technology changes so does the ideal working arrangement. We now have the technology to telecommute in many jobs, and the pandemic pushed that transition forward. But technology and culture don’t always change at the same rate. Ideally, work-from-home will continue to exist in some form — perhaps as an option if you work on contract and crave more flexibility. Or you can use the option when you need it, such as when your child is sick. Otherwise, everyone needs to go back.


  96. 3b says:

    If I have to see an employees face everyday to have confidence that a hire is going to be the right fit for a position and do what is required to do to get the job done, then the person is probably not the right candidate for the position. A comment from our consultant on where the thought process is evolving to in corporate America on the future of remote and hybrid work.

  97. 3b says:

    Just volunteered for a big assignment this past Thursday and got to pick my own team and map out the entire plan, including the resources I need. Our productivity has never been higher along with our profits, as well as employee satisfaction.

    There’s the difference between someone who has zero experience in corporate America posting other peoples opinions vs someone who lives it and does it everyday along with thousands of others.

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