Anyone from New Jersey?

I'd like some recommendations for fun things to do there. Or just your thoughts on New Jersey in general (**please only respond if you live or have lived in NJ**).
I will be moving there with my husband in a few months and wanted to hear about the nicer side of Jersey from you guys instead of the negative image it has garnered from shit reality TV shows. 
I'd love to hear about Farmers Markets, gardens, bakeries, brunch places, flea markets, beaches, used bookstores... haha I sound like I'm 90. I'm 29.
P.S. - Hubby collects action figures like One Piece, Naruto, and Dragonball Z. Are there any anime conventions or stores where we might be able to go browse? Or any toy/ action figure museums or expos in the NJ / NY area?