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A well-fitted out Triton should be a pretty good boat for the trip. However, it is a bit tight for two people, and you'll want to vet/meet any potential crew prior to leaving.
The New Jersey coast is pretty unforgiving in bad weather, and has very few ports that are good ports to enter in any kind of storm. Going offshore from Cape May to Norfolk is a long trip, and the Delaware coast has few good ports for stormy weather, so waiting for the appropriate weather window is key. You could also go up to the C&D Canal and then south through the Chesapeake, but this adds a lot of miles to your trip.
Do you have jacklines fitted out already? If not, you'll want them before heading off, since you'll want to use tethers and harnesses, especially at night.
What safety gear and equipment do you have aboard? A Radar Reflector is a necessity IMHO. The GPS Chartplotter is nice to have, but not a necessity. You should have paper charts for the coast you'll be sailing along in case you need to make an emergency stop.
An autopilot, while not absolutely required, will really make the passage a lot simpler and make it far less tiring for the captain and crew.
An EPIRB, DSC-equipped VHF and Liferaft would also be good to have along. As would storm sails for your boat.
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