cranford train station to 195 broadway (via train to newark, path, walk) is about 50 minutes during rush hour, and it is about the same from the maplewood train station (via train to hoboken, path, walking). The real question is how far you live from the stations. That depends on you and how much you are willing to pay. The walk can be 2 minutes to 30 minutes. Cranford (and more Westfield) are more expensive than maplewood because of the schools. You do know that you can get off the midtown direct before you reach midtown, right? Most trains go through secaucus now, and you can transfer to get to hoboken (or just take a train that goes right to hoboken). Google maps now has a direction option for public transportation that is VERY good.
When I used to commute into the city from NJ, I chose the Cranford-Westfield-Fanwood line. You may want to get a train schedule for each line you are considering, and look at what areas have express runs to Newark to catch the Path. When I was there, and this may still be the case, Westfield had a great express route and it took less than 30 minutes to get to Newark because it passed all stops along the way. Trust me, the less commute you have - the more you will enjoy your ride long term. We lived in Bound Brook at the time and although I could walk to the station if I had to - the 2 hour commute in each direction (no express from BB then) was a killer even though you eventually get used to it.
If you could get in or near enough to Westfield - which has grown into a lovely town - I would recommend it.
Best of Luck,
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Livingston, West Orange-you can park at Harrison take path to NYC down town (commute time is about 30 min)
Livingston is a blue ribbon school and West Orange is a historical town, both are off Rt. 280.
Check out this links for more commuter information: http://www.panynj.gov
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