Welcome from Central Jersey. As Dylan and Silvr mentioned, the winter hang down in the Pine Barrens is a great opportunity to learn a lot in a short amount of time. It was my first group hang and my learning curve shortened dramatically. Knotty is very knowledgeable and seems to be not too far away so if you get a chance, it's always nice to hang with someone who has done this before. Check out Shug's videos and spend a little time searching these forums for the information you seek. More often than not, you'll find a ton of information but don't hesitate to post questions as this community is always ready to help.
Enjoy the elevation