February 22, 2003

New Jersey

New Jersey - "The Garden State"

Kate: "Ok - I'll take New Jersey!!

Famous New Jerseyans include: Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, the guys in Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Judy Blume, Thomas Edison, Jason Alexander.

New Jersey has the highest population density in the US. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average. (Over the years, Jersey City has had between 16,000 and 22,000 people per square mile!).

New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US located in Elizabeth.

The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.

(above links from NJ Guy)

Atlantic City!!

The Sopranos. 'Nuff said.

The first complete dinosaur skeleton found in the United States was discovered near Haddonfield, New Jersey, in 1858. This "Hadrosaurus" was about 28 feet tall!!!

New Jersey was the 3rd state, in 1787.

(links from NJ facts)"

Susanna: "New Jersey usually brings thoughts of urban decay, Tony Soprano and Atlantic City. But much of the state is still relatively rural, with everything from mountains and pine barrens to lighthouses and beaches (don't think of it this way) within a couple hours drive from the big cities. The cranberry harvest and festivals in the fall are wonderful, and Cape May is a fairyland mix of old Victorian homes and beaches. The people in NJ are an incredible mix of races and heritages from all over the world, getting along for the most part, which means that the stores and restaurants have a range of products and foods that I think would be difficult to find most other places."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 10:31 AM

Things I love about my home state:

Hacklebarney State Park

The Patriot's Path trail system in Morris County that has something like 20 miles of trails all through the county.

The NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where the Appalachian Trail winds its way through some breathtaking scenery and a beautiful Crater Lake. Further north, there's Stokes State Forest.

Actually, I'll give a thumbs up to the entire State Park system in NJ. I've been fortunate enough to camp, canoe, fish, hike, swim and relax in quite a few, and I've never been disappointed.

Posted by: Zuly on February 22, 2003 01:17 PM

Zuly, we must be from the same area in New Jersey. Hacklebarney! I haven't thought of that place in years.

More words of praise for my much-maligned home state -- Ten Reasons Why New Jersey Rocks:

1. Best delis in the world.
2. Long Beach Island
3. Turtleback Zoo
4. Kevin Smith
5. Great Adventure
6. Seaside Heights
7. Papermill Playhouse
8. The Publick House
9. Bridgewater Mall
10. Famous firsts: Les Paul created the first solid-body electric guitar in New Jersey. The first drive-in movie theatre was in Camden. Thomas Edison invented many famous firsts there -- lightbulb, phonograph, and motion picture projector to name a few.

Posted by: stennie on February 23, 2003 04:07 AM

Then the both of you can't be too far from me either, because I know that park!

The things I love about New Jersey are much more general than what Zuly and Stennie posted.

Every cultural group imaginable has its own community in New Jersey, and they cross and melt together in beautiful ways.

There's a huge Jewish population, which is important to me.

I love that there are farms and horse stables within 10 miles of bustling urban centers. I love that I can stand in the middle of the street and see the New York skyline.

Five letters: NJPAC. Proof that great theatre isn't limited to Broadway!

I love that I'm within driving distance of no less than four of the US's biggest cities.

I love that I can visit anyplace from the beach to the mountains to a casino and not have to drive more than two hours.

Yes that's right, I'm from New Jersey, and I love it here!

Posted by: Rickie Beth on February 23, 2003 12:23 PM

What's great about New Jersey???? The Jersey shore! And the fact that it's right next door to NYC and Philadelphia!

I'm a born and bred Jersey girl!

Posted by: Darla on February 24, 2003 11:32 PM

Lived for many years in Hoboken, Frank Sinatra's hometown, to which, as far as I know, he never returned after he hit the big time. Best thing about NJ is its diversity of population. Hoboken seemed to have a different ethnic festival going on every week. Jersey shore sucks compared to New England; same goes for NJ's so-called mountains. Hiking across the GW bridge and along the Palisades is great. Basically NJ is about its people, and that's not bad.

Posted by: Jimbo on March 15, 2003 04:37 AM

back in 1996, i moved to NEw Jersey from Daytona Beach Florida......i must say that my move to New Jersey is the absolute worst thing that ever could have possibly happened to me........The only decent place in New Jersey is Cape May, which is so far south in jersey that it shouldnt be considered part of it. Since ive lived here, ive learned many things.....The beaches are filthy, the water is filthy, the people are terrible and mean and biased against southeners, property taxes are highest in the country, car payments are near highest in the country, you cannot go anywhere where houses are not stacked on top of each other, the weather is so cold and snowy, this state smells bad, and there is not one thing entertaining to do unless you like malls or crowded dirty beaches. I am happy that i am moving back to florida in 1 year, because if i had to stay in this state any longer, it would drive me to suicide.

Posted by: Jeremy on March 18, 2003 12:52 PM