I've been looking at new JC homes for myself while living in a shared sublet that's a couple of steps underground and very cold. The notion I keep coming away with, after considering each new property, is: it's possible to be happy, or unhappy, pretty much anywhere. But I feel I have a better chance of staying happy in Jersey City than in most other places I've been. So I'm in good shape.
Many cute dogs live in downtown Jersey City, particularly many Huskies.
Too, there is good ice cream to be found.