Some of the worst mortgage delinquency rates in the country are in New Jersey metropolitan areas nearest New York City, according to statistics from Mortgage Information Corp., San Francisco.

The New Jersey seashore counties of Monmouth and Ocean head the national list, with 2.49% of all home loans more than 90 days behind or in foreclosure proceedings. The Newark area is not far behind, with 2.47%, and Bergen and Passaic counties are in sixth place nationally, with 2.11%.

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