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Born and raised in New Jersey — Now get me out of here

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By Dino Flammia July 17, 2017 4:23 PM

On day two of our three-part series about different generations’ views about the state in which they live, we hear from a couple of families who still have more than two generations living in New Jersey.

While the oldest members stuck it out in New Jersey for most or all of their lives, there’s no shortage of folks heading toward retirement who say they want out.

Part 1: What senior citizens think about living in New Jersey

In the aftermath of World War II, Camilla Pankewytch (Moog before marriage) came to New Jersey from Germany at age 20. She had been “hungry for six years” overseas and was immediately fascinated by New Jersey and the new life it would offer.

“You could get everything here. It was a relief,” she said.

That new life included a marriage, a child and two stepchildren.

The 88-year-old has been here ever since. She bounced around between Newark and Irvington, then lived in Lakewood for 27 years, and most recently moved in with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson in the Ramtown section of Howell.

Both George, 60, and Patricia, 58, were born and raised in Newark — a very different Newark than what exists today, they noted.

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