New Jersey is sandwiched between New York and Philadelphia, and as a result we don’t really have a “Big City”. Due to this, many people in NJ commute out of state for work every day. A large portion of these commuters have long, strenuous commutes and some even commute 2 hours to get to work from far out counties such as Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, and Ocean.
As certain issues such as transportation over the Hudson are becoming more and more difficult and expensive as time goes on, one thing we can do to help ourselves is revitalizing what we already have. Bringing jobs back to our currently blighted cities will help many people not only have an easier commute but it will also put much less strain on our transportation network. Newark and Jersey City both have the space and transportation to support a large work force. In fact, Newark used to be one of the largest cities in America due to it being a major industrial city. With its own Airport, Seaport and its original Penn Station. Newark has the infrastructure for a city 10 times its size, which gives it potential to get back to its heyday. In addition to great infrastructure, many companies already have headquarters in Newark.
From a logistical standpoint, bringing jobs back to New Jersey would make a lot of sense. If Newark and Jersey City became bigger job centers it would work out much better for commuters riding trains to work. People commuting to Lower Manhattan or Jersey City could live along NJ Transit Hoboken Division lines, while people commuting to Newark or Midtown Manhattan could live along Newark Division lines. Moreover, organizing our job centers would eliminate the amount of people transferring at Secaucus Junction; and more importantly, bringing jobs back to NJ would reduce the number of people we’d need to transport over the Hudson every day.
Unfortunately for us, much of our infrastructure is old and densely packed between neighborhoods as opposed to the rest of the United States. Therefore, we need to work twice as hard to improve the way our citizens get to and from work. In order to make this happen i think that New Jersey needs a Transportation Study similar to the CATS mentioned in Contemporary Urban Planning by John M. Levy. While it may be costly for us now, it will be of better interest for NJ in the future rather than spending billions and billions on projects every few years.