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Carmelo Anthony in a New Jersey State of Mind

3/5/2011 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Carmelo Anthony and Lala Vazquez want outta New York City -- when it comes to ridiculously expensive housing anyway -- and they're actually eyeing New Jersey (GASP!) ... TMZ has learned.

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Sources close to the NY Knicks star and his wife tell TMZ they have no interest in plunking down "$30,000 a month for an apartment" in Manhattan ... no matter how shmancy it is.

Melo just got a $65 million contract extension, so money isn't the issue -- instead it's all about a backyard and space for the couple's 3-year-old son to play. We're told that's why they're seriously shopping the wide open spaces of Jersey -- and passing on a luxury pad near the one Alex Rodriguez just bought for $6 million.

Other NYC 'burbs are still in the running, but If Melo keeps dropping 26 per game ... he can live anywhere he wants (except Boston) -- and Knicks fans will love him.


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1.

Mike L    

'Melo, Come to Queens or Nassau county/Long Island. At least we're still in NY, and theres no toll to get to the Garden for games. Quite a few of the Mets live in Manhasset LI during the season. Last year I was at Alex Cora and Jose Reyes' houses there (I work security). Darryl Strawberry lives in the area too. Al Trautwig (the sportscaster) lives in Muttontown. Anywhere you go on the Island, its much better then Jersey.

1239 days ago
2.

branmore    

seems like Melo has his head on straight.

1239 days ago
3.

paul    

Let them move to Paterson, or Camden N.J.

1239 days ago
4.

hudsonhill    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9gpyms1OUc


New Jersey is a great state.

1239 days ago
5.

mija    

Is Lala now unemployed from VH1 since they decided to stop reunion shows for the good shows?

That's right. VH1 no longer has any good hardcore drama shows.

1239 days ago
6.

Miloyambag    

GASP!! Heaven forbid they move to Alpine, NJ. It's only one of the wealthiest towns in the U.S. There's more to NJ than what you see when you get off the airplane you moron.

1239 days ago
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Ramona    

His name is S A M A R D O melo- bet you never forget it now !

1239 days ago
8.

moso    

I'm glad he's thinking of his son first.
But I see a Kobe attitude coming on soon!!!
Can't stand Kobe and now I don't like Melo for leaving Denver!
Living in N.Y. will only turn him into a stuck up as@!!
Just like Rodriguez...
Just like the YANKEES!!!!
But I think he's already there!!!!!!!!!!!

1239 days ago
9.

jj    

Good for them. There is no reason to spend that much money for a new york zip code when you can still live in a wealthy, nice neighborhood and get SO much more for your money. Good to see his sons childhood is a first priority.

1239 days ago
10.

Ramona    

Its S A M A R D O .

1239 days ago
11.

FO REAL    

NEW JERSEY HAS SOME GORGEOUS AND EXTREMLY WEATHLY AREAS. GASP...SCREW YOU TMZ...LIKE HOLLYWOOD DOESNT HAVE DUMPING GROUNDS!!

1239 days ago
12.

Whip It    

Bergen County, y'all.
Lot a playas live in New Jersey.
Jennifer Lopez and Mark live here and take a helicoptor to the city.
word.

1239 days ago
13.

NDNchief    

#9. . . Don't hate. The hate only makes Kobe&The LAKERS stronger. Melo hope you turn the Knicks around,But you still won't beat the LAKERS. GO LAKERS ! ! !

1239 days ago
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andrew minelli    

Wait...He wouldnt take a deal to play for the NJ team because he wanted to be in NY...yet now hes playing for NY hes going to live in NJ? Am I the only one that thinks this is nuts!?

1239 days ago
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Barbie    

No need to bash New Jersey when it has some of the best zip codes in the country with some of the wealthiest people walking around. Someone said Alpine, New Jersey, yup. Basking Ridge, New Jersey just to name a couple of them.

And your a dope andrew minelli ---- He wants to play on a NY team, great play on a NY team. But in case you've been asleep at the wheel, the NY Giants reside in New Jersey, and the NY Jets also reside in New Jersey.

Clearly NY and NJ are interchangeable. Only the Hudson River separates the two places, can anyone say Airplane Landed in the Hudson River ????? Or our great Statue of Liberty is actually in New Jersey !!! We take our props anyway that we can !!!

1238 days ago
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