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New Jersey is called the Garden State for good reason. From gorgeous beaches to the beauty of the Pine Barrens and the region’s “you-pick ’em” farms, the area around New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) offers a wide range of living, housing and employment opportunities that make it an ideal place to call home. Small enough to easily navigate, this part of the country is packed with diverse choices for nightlife, historical sightseeing, education, shopping and outdoor fun. 
New Jersey’s JB-MDL is not only the most unique and the largest installation of its kind, it also provides a major and positive impact for the surrounding areas of Burlington, Ocean, Mercer, Camden and Monmouth Counties. The base sprawls along 75 miles of the south central regions of New Jersey, offering short 30-minute commutes to Trenton, 45-minute trips to Philadelphia and Atlantic City. And don’t forget the Big Apple— New York City—is only 90 minutes away. 

Residents of this part of the Garden State are proud of their efforts to stop ocean dumping and end beach closings. New Jersey beaches are among the best maintained in the northeast, and their boardwalks are tourist attractions for all ages. Since New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country with “Green” technology, they are already benefiting economically with new, high-quality jobs, while lowering electricity costs and providing cleaner air. Having recently achieved its 4,000th solar panel installation, New Jersey is only second to California when it comes to solar installations. In fact, New Jersey has more solar photovoltaic installations than Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada combined. 

Negative media images to the contrary (think HBO’s The Sopranos and MTV’s Jersey Shore), the area surrounding JB-MDL is an economic powerhouse with an unemployment rate below the national average and also leads in other high-tech industries. The third-largest provider of e-recruitment Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), iCIMS, was included in Gartner’s prestigious year-end 2009 Magic Quadrant Report. Located in Monmouth County, iCIMS has its headquarters in Hazlet, New Jersey. 

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