I am close to Trenton. About an hour and a half from AC. I am closer to Barnegat bay. I have been thinking of traveling with wife and dog to crab and staying an overnight if I can find lodging that will accept the dog.
There's a campground on 9 about 20 miles nort of AC that has crabbing out back and you can bring dogs in. I believe it's called Sea Pirate. They have places you can crab from the grass or you can rent their boats. Haven't been there in a few yrs but we used to do well on the boats, made for a nice weekend.