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Old 03-21-07, 08:42 AM   #1
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You can take the boy out of NJ but....

One of the things I've noticed about being from NJ is that there's some strange connection/pride of being a Jersey guy. Doesn't matter how long you haven't been "home" or how clear you are that you don't want to go back. You are from Jersey no matter what. I've been in New England since 1964 and yet, I'm a Jersey guy, born and raised. More so than anyone I know from other states. Anyone else feel that way about their home of origin? Just curious.
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Texas Born, Texas Bred, When I die, I'll be Texas dead. Gonna have a hard time rivaling the loyalty that most Texans have with our state, IMHO!
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Missouri born/raised. Illinois college and work. Not a whole lot of difference. They don't feel the need to instill incredible state pride or pathos like Texas or Jersey.

Loyalties for the Cardinals and Blues remain incredibly strong, though.
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Pennsylvanian here. 20 of my 50 were in the PRNJ, I really don't care if I never go back to that awful green sky.
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I had lots of great friends in Jersey, but I was very happy to move to a quieter, more beautiful locale. Nevertheless, I will ALWAYS cheer for Rutgers and the Boss.
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Texas Born, Texas Bred, When I die, I'll be Texas dead. Gonna have a hard time rivaling the loyalty that most Texans have with our state, IMHO!

Have to admit, Texas is the one other state where I've seen that feeling.
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Doesn't matter that I've hated the Yankees my entire life?
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Have to admit, Texas is the one other state where I've seen that feeling.


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Old 03-21-07, 09:12 AM   #10
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Love the state, hate the gov't

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Old 03-21-07, 09:15 AM   #11
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The way I dress pretty much stayed with me. I always get the where are you going? even when i dont have to go anywhere. that's the way I was brought up. Style was the big thing in Canada.
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Husband's from NOO JERSEY. I'm a NYer. Salsa - he's a hillbilly Houner (born in Calhoun County=Houner)
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Old 03-21-07, 02:03 PM   #13
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Husband's from NOO JERSEY. I'm a NYer. Salsa - he's a hillbilly Houner (born in Calhoun County=Houner)
Good God, I hope your husband's not from The City. We Jersey folks all know they are the worst drivers in the world. (Well, maybe not as bad as Boston drivers.)
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Hey don't the Giants play in Jersey?
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I can't say I have strong feelings about CT. But those of us from CT have strong feelings about those from NJ.
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I feel the same about Indiana....well with exception of some of the drama that people like stirring up there, but overall I do feel pride for it.

Funny part, I can usually tell easily what folks were from there....we tend to have similar bad habits as far as abuse of the english language! Go go Hoosier linguistics!
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One of the things I've noticed about being from NJ is that there's some strange connection/pride of being a Jersey guy. Doesn't matter how long you haven't been "home" or how clear you are that you don't want to go back. You are from Jersey no matter what. I've been in New England since 1964 and yet, I'm a Jersey guy, born and raised. More so than anyone I know from other states. Anyone else feel that way about their home of origin? Just curious.
Me too, born and raised in MD and i am planning to move out of the state for good.
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Old 03-21-07, 02:36 PM   #18
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People always give NJ a bad rap. The part i'm from is rather beautiful, backyard is a Historical Park, and i'm only 45 Mins from the City.

Yes, the NY Giants and NY Jets play in NJ - in the Meadowlands (ironic name, really, since its a swamp). I think a bunch of NFL players also live or at least have homes in NJ...Strahan and TO (hate the guy to be honest) come to mind.
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I can't say I have strong feelings about CT. But those of us from CT have strong feelings about those from NJ.

FWIW, I love CT and spent 14 yrs. on my Town Council trying to stop my town (and CT) from becoming NJ. Failed big time south of Middletown and along the coast.
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When I lived in the Dallas area I was the California guy that said DUDE! a lot. Now that I'm back in Cali I'm just a guy.

By the way, I worked in Edison, New Jersey for 1 1/2 months back in 2001. Does that make me a Jersey guy too? hehe! I picked up the aggressive driving habits, missed my exit on the turnpike and almost ended up on the Holland Tunnel and I was shocked when the gas attendant pumped the gas for me!!
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I'm a Jersey Girl and know what you mean. I've lived in 6 different states but will always be a Jersey Girl. I grew up in North Western Jersey in a little tiny town. Loved going west to The Delaware Water Gap and East to the city. Left NJ when I was 25, back for a couple years around age 30 and now am in PA.

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I've been around the country a bit - probably a little more than most people. I grew up on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, and even though I can't imagine ever moving back, I'd sooner live there than in either Neuh Joisee (not all bad, but definitely has more than it's share of sardine-like communities), Connecticut (which my son christened "the Constipation State" because of traffic), or Texas (where people wearing their egos on their sleeves wears thin after about 30 hours).

So far, Pennsylvania seems the most like "home" of all the places I've lived (including California and Hawaii) - although, I'm completely fed up with winter weather.

Yes. I'm stereotyping, and yes, I'm very opinionated - but at least I'm more or less on-topic.
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One of the things I've noticed about being from NJ is that there's some strange connection/pride of being a Jersey guy. Doesn't matter how long you haven't been "home" or how clear you are that you don't want to go back. You are from Jersey no matter what. I've been in New England since 1964 and yet, I'm a Jersey guy, born and raised. More so than anyone I know from other states. Anyone else feel that way about their home of origin? Just curious.
funny.

my mother was born in jersey city, and raised there, and in hackensack (amongst other places).

she's been in CT since 1966, and to my ears she's from CT, not joisey (like my Uncle).

just sayin'
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FWIW, I love CT and spent 14 yrs. on my Town Council trying to stop my town (and CT) from becoming NJ. Failed big time south of Middletown and along the coast.
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