Most of the changes that I am referring to are of course the effects of pollution and environmental destruction.
Long gone are the days were houses were further then an arms reach away from the next, the days when factories were far away from residential areas, there were wooded areas in most large towns in the state, and lastly the days where it was pretty much safe to swim in any large body of water.
After many decades of being an industrialized state with factories that manufactured agent orange, DET, explosives, and other very dangerous chemicals without too much regulation things have changed.
Our tiny state has become more densely populated, houses are closer together, wooded areas are cut down to make way for apartment complexes and shopping malls leaving indigenous animals without homes, and factories have been constructed in once residential-only areas.
Run offs and dumping have taken their toll on many once popular bodies of water such as the Passaic River, many beach lines of the non-commercial beaches have all but been destroyed and polluted, even the residents from Pompton Lakes have suffered from the over pollution of New Jersey.
In 2009 scientific analysis found that the runoff from an E.
explosives manufacturing plant in the Pompton Lakes neighborhood could be a result of high rates of cancer, over 450 homes were thought to be in a target area where there was an extreme increase in Kidney Cancer for females and non-Hodgkins lymphoma in men.
Most of the Passiac river is covered in floating debris, many areas around Newark have banned commercial fishing and put out notices to the general public stating that the fish should not be eaten in the area.
Sure if you go to Belmar or Point Pleasant the beaches are clean and the water is among the cleanest you will see in the area, however these are commercial beaches with a revenue stream.
The areas around Raritan Bay, such as the beach front in South Amboy is covered in floating debris, metal objects, plastic bags, and the water is among the blackest in the area.
The state seems to have forgotten about the general public and recreation over the past twenty years, and instead focused on areas that bring in money such as destroying wooded areas to build tax generating apartment complexes.
However at the end of the day we need to watch out for the residents of this state.
Anyone who has driven through Jersey City, Secaucus, or Newark have breathed in their fair share of harmful toxins and fumes.
Many of the readers may even own a house built on contaminated ground.