New Year’s Eve in Times Square? Most New Jerseyans say ‘No way’

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The New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world, with around 2 million people in attendance annually. But many New Jerseyans say that while they like being in New York City during the holidays, the New Year’s Eve celebration is not one of those times.

News 12 New Jersey caught up with some tourists who spend the day in Manhattan on Dec. 31, but made sure that they got out before sunset.

“It's just a madhouse, like why would you go there?” asked Kelsey Lazio.

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“No disrespect to the city folk, but gotta make it back to Jersey safe and sound,” said Pete McCulough of North Bergen.

Many said that the decision not to go into Times Square Monday was made easy due to the forecast of rain.

Newly engaged English couple Emily Hulme and Tom Eccles say that they went into Manhattan Monday afternoon and will ring in the new year from Weehawken.

“We've got a view down over the skyline so it should be good,” Hulme said.

Times Square revelers had to be in place by 3 p.m. Umbrellas were not allowed past the security areas.

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