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As you can see by the previous responses, commute to NYC is accessible from various parts of NJ. You would need to decide, which county/part of NJ you would prefer to live in.
Middlesex County is a great area to be in, because you're right on the North-east Corridor for NJ Transit to Penn Station, along with plenty of express buses that go into the city as well. Additionally, there are plenty of nice areas with great school districts where you can easily get a 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath home for 400-500K (depending on exactly what you're looking for). Edison, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, and East Brunswick all have great school districts and are close to mass transit to NYC. These are areas that I work in and know well, so if you have any questions, or would like information on what's available, please don't hesitate to contact me!
If you decide to come to Morris County: Parsippany, Morristown, Whippany etc please feel free to contact me.
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Commute to NYC would be Metropark Train Station ... http://metroparktrain.blogspot.com/