I am wondering how it got to be so expensive to live in our state.
If you are single with no dependents and you make well under 60K, how do you get by and survive?
Who do we pin this on? The teachers making far too much, incentives for projects that went bad? What’s the cause of it?
We were stupid enough to give Revel 300M to build a casino and hotel — we know how that turned out. And we were dumb enough to lend a Catholic healthcare network 275M to buy a hospital in Newark.
The deal for the hospital’s gone bad and now we are stuck picking up the tab. We will be stuck with the tab for Revel too.
There are other deals that went bad, like a meadowlands project and we have a shell of a building that is supposed to be a brand new mall.
We have a mess of a hospital system. A good 10 have closed in the last 10 years. There may be more to come if the investors that are getting involved blank up the entire deal.
We had other deals that went bad; all of them involved incentives and loans — it is hospitals and more. We are on the hook for everything.
I say all of that was parceled over to the taxpayer.
And now we are expected to be a lifeboat for Honduran youth. What a mess.
We also have too many school districts. We need consolidation and in a hurry.
I have seen rents go off the charts — it was not that expensive 10 years ago to live here — the average rent is at least $1800 for a one bedroom apartment. How do you afford it if you do not make a decent salary?
I am wondering where I am going, both literally and figuratively — where will I be living? I don’t even know if this house will sell (but there is a home up the block that was razed and now evidently a bigger house is being accommodated: who is building the house, I don’t know and I am going to find out and blast the town counsel on Tuesday…that is another story. I am pretty sure somebody bought that house and if the owners who currently own that home are building new and have plans on living in the brand new house, it’s very doubtful.
Around here you build a gargantuan home with the hopes of charging at least 800K for the home. The house is in a one family zone and the houses themselves were build somewhere around the mid-50s.
This is a mess.
I never saw any of this coming down the pike, including how expensive it is to live in this state: We do not have ammenites and to spend the day down the shore in peak season is costly. Take your family of 4 and you will spend at least $200 on a day trip, factoring in tolls and gas and beach passes ($10!) and eating somewhere during the day. And the per-night charge for a room in a tiny little hotel is at least $275 a night!
How did everything get so expensive?
We will be stuck with the tab for the out of work casino employees in more ways than one. ATlantic City is nowhere near a state college — there might be a community college there, or over in the next county — you are given $4,000 for training and that money has to be spent at a county community college or at a state run college.
That money will not take you far for retraining for anything. And you are not even guaranteed a job once you’re finished with your coursework; who is hiring??? — what a mess.
Where are you planning on sending over 10,000 to retrain??? These are service people with not much of a background and I am sure that there are many in the bunch that would up with a casino job…. because the “real” job they had is now history.
How can I even afford to live here? THis mess with Bro is one thing — the cost of living is skyrocketing and because of that alone, the day was coming when the house would have to be sold.
I never expected any of this to happen. In the wrong place at the wrong time — I can’t see how many of my neighbors are going to make it. Maybe they have kids who are fiunancially aiding them — I can only guess.
(I say to take Revel and turn it into a VA hospital: they badly need one in that area.)
As for me, I am hoping for the best. I never saw any of this coming, economy wise and job wise. And your job means everything.