Mini-14 is fun.
Have one. Unfortunately, it took 2 trips back to Ruger to resolve some jamming issues [when new].
Still like it a lot.
Another thought: SAIGA .308/7.62 Nato.
Also fun. Don't know if it is banned in New Jersey though. I have 10 round mags for mine as I'm in another socialist state: California.
Just a thought.