It can be argued that this is because of our proximity to two of the largest cities on the east coast in NY and Philly, and not that there is anything within NJ to draw celebrities and athletes.
I'd say that IS the draw. B- or C-list celebrities can go on just fine living in some neighborhoods of Tribeca or West Village, but really, someone with a lot of money, considerable fame, and (most importantly) family will always look at large house options in New Jersey and Connecticut/Westchester before a much smaller $10 million pad in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Keep in mind, the "big name signings" are all developed players; I'd say the age of the big ticket UFAs range from 25-30, they're rarely not 21 year olds like Crosby or Toews reaching the UFA market. They (athletes in general) have families and different priorities by the late 20s that New Jersey has been known to appeal to. In hockey especially, many of these guys grew up in rural Canada, the big bright lights of a big city is not all that appealing to them. This blogger's full of sh!t putting New York near the top of the list because of the draw of a big city. Boston makes more sense.
Edited by DJ Eco, 17 July 2013 - 09:55 AM.