Thanks everybody for all the information. Let me explain a little of what I'm faced with...
I'm at a point in my career (Graphic Design) where I need to make the "next step" and in a lovely turn of events I got laid off a couple of weeks ago. Two days after this happened I got a call from a headhunter about a prospect in New Brunswick. It is the "next step" and then some and I'm very excited about this prospect. I have a wife and two young kids who are ready for an adventure and we are a very adaptable family with open minds.
Right now I'm in the final stages of interviewing with the last phone interview tomorrow and probably a trip to NJ after that.
I've spent a lot of time in Jersey City but haven't really gone south of Newark.
Thanks again for all the advice and info. It's great to have this resource and I really appreciate it.