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As far as transportation from Newark to NY, the best commute is jumping on the Path train from Newark Penn Station which runs frequently all day and only costs about 2 bucks. It'll get you into NY within 15-20 mins!
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It all depends on where in Newark you are considering., Some of the schools are good and others are okay. It is definitely an easy commute to NYC, however there are other towns with good schools and an easy commute to NYC.
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