I also live in Monmouth county. I bought my house for 200K. It’s small but it’s nice. The value of my house has gone up just because people are leaving the city and buying property down the shore. It makes sense that people would want to move to NJ from NYC especially if they work from home 4 days a week and go into the office once a week. Foreclosures in this state are nowhere near 2008 levels.I can't speak to the bankruptcies, but it's possible (likely) to buy quite a nice home for $500,000 or less in much of the state. Spitting distance of NY or on the shore? Perhaps not, but where I live in Monmouth County ( a wealthy county), $500k is not getting you a fixer upper but a decent home.
For the reverse, $600k or so will get you my step-mother's 1959 double split level, which you will then raze and replace with a McMansion. But you'll be 20 minutes closer to the water and on a train line for NYC so no need to take the bus.
With regard to anecdotal Disney support, several DVC members in our area might go to Disney if restrictions were lifted, but I'm surprised at how COVID shy people are. The general assumption seems to be "the world will kill you." I wouldn't be surprised if there is some shell-shock going on in NJ, which makes me think travel will take awhile to come back - vaccine awhile.
Now as a DVC owner as well, we would have gone if I didn’t have to spend 2 weeks quarantining just after getting back before I go back to work. I can’t just can’t swing that for work. Also my wife is 6 months pregnant so maybe going into the epicenter of the virus might not be the best idea either. I’m renting out the next two years our points until this over and our kid gets a bit older.