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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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marky mark    

You morons who think New Jersey is what mtv and tmz make it out to be should stop by sometime. we got more sports starts and celebs living here than any other state.

1243 days ago
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OMG    

NEW JERSEY HAS SOME GORGEOUS AND EXTREMLY WEATHLY AREAS. GASP...SCREW YOU TMZ...LIKE HOLLYWOOD DOESNT HAVE DUMPING GROUNDS!!
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I agree! TMZ you're ignorant!

1243 days ago
18.

knickfan212    

Bloomberg will make anyone want to live elsewhere!!!!
In NJ they better buy face masks with all the chemicals in the air.

1243 days ago
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richards    

New Jersey is the most populous state in the US. Wide open spaces?
You could do a lot worse than the upscale suburbs of North Jersey.It is very expensive, though not as expensive as NYC.

1243 days ago
20.

Patrick Fermin    

So he figured playing for the knicks would eventually be his better option but is choosing to live in NJ???smh..amkes so much logical sense. and please to the posters saying NJ sucks..espcially long island shut up. and TMZ your talking smack about NJ when yet NJ is the pretty much the reason your around....... NJ=Movie invention. #Winning

1243 days ago
21.

James    

Hello Melo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S2sLe8VuMo

1242 days ago
22.

Rakeem    

Thats okay if carmelo anthony get traded to new jersy nets long as he pratice and make the team.

1213 days ago
23.

jehari    

do u like every one on the team or do u like to be alone and bye the way i think that u are a very good player and not just u

1196 days ago
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