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You could easily have enough time to go into Manhattan, but is it worth the cost and effort? Only you can answer that.
As for tours, none that I am aware of. And as for the immediate area around the airport, remember....it's NEWARK!!
One thing you might want to do is look into getting a hotel room near the airport, so you can shower/change and get some rest if you want. Or just take their shuttle over to the hotel, have lunch and sit around the lobby. You might want to pick a hotel with free wifi for your laptop. Otherwise, what do you want to do with 7+ hours? You could buy passes for the United Club at EWR; $50 a head but you get some snacks and beverages. Or you could just finish up War and Peace.
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