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    Everything You Wanted to Know About NJ

    and then some...If you're a native, you'll know every word is true. If not, hope you find it entertaining.


    New Jersey is a peninsula.

    Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida.

    New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

    New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.

    New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana, Cuba.

    New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the U.S.

    New Jersey has the highest cost of living.

    New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

    New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World."

    New Jersey is home to the original Mystery Pork Parts Club (no, not Spam): Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

    Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian hot dogs and Italian sausage w/peppers and onions.

    North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven Major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

    New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

    The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.

    New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation's most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.

    New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.

    New Jersey is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

    Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.

    New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts?)

    Here's to New Jersey - the toast of the country! In 1642, the first brewery in America, opened in Hoboken.

    New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.

    New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth. Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.

    New Jersey is home to one of the nation's busiest airports (in Newark), Liberty International.

    George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington.

    The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory.

    We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.

    The first seaplane was built in Keyport, NJ.

    The first airmail (to Chicago) was started from Keyport, NJ.

    The first phonograph records were made in Camden, NJ. New Jersey is home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City.

    The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City. And, Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, Not to mention salt water taffy,

    New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

    The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey, in the Watchung Mountains.

    New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. (Union, NJ!!!)

    New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey City.

    The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway highway.

    NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson (Holland Tunnel).

    The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

    The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889 (Rutgers College played Princeton).

    The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ, (but they're all gone now!).

    New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S" pro football teams!

    The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson, NJ.

    The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

    All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas (Wendy's), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino, Kelly Ripa.

    Bob Meade adds: The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is the second highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US.

    You know you're from Jersey when . . . You don't think of fruit when people mention "The Oranges."

    You know that it's called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.

    A good, quick breakfast is a hard roll with butter.

    You've known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.

    You've eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 A.M.

    You know that the state isn't one big oil refinery.

    At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen, and you know the town Jon Bon Jovi is from.

    You know what a "jug handle" is.

    You know that WaWa is a convenience store.

    You know that the state isn't all farmland.

    You know that there are no "beaches" in New Jersey--there's the shore--and you don't go "to the shore," you go "down the shore." And when you are there, you're not "at the shore"; you are "down the shore."

    You know how to properly negotiate a circle.

    You knew that the last sentence had to do with driving.

    You know that this is the only "New" state that doesn't require "New" to identify it (try . . . Mexico . . . York .! . . Hampshire-- doesn't work, does it?).

    You know that a "White Castle" is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.

    You consider putting mayo on a corned beef sandwich a sacrilege

    You don't think "What exit?" is very funny.

    You know that people from the 609 area code are "a little different."

    Yes they are!

    You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton--that's for out-of-staters.

    The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or localbar.

    You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.

    You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.

    Every year you have at least one kid in your class named Tony.

    You know the location of every clip shown in the Sopranos opening credits.

    You've gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the mall.

    You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights, and people from Central Jersey go to Belmar, and people from South Jersey go to Wildwood.

    It can be no other way.

    You weren't raised in New Jersey--you were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey. You don't consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

    You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamberger's and Orbach's.

    You also remember Palisades "Amusement Park

    You've had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries.

    You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February. And finally . . . You've NEVER, NEVER pumped your own gas.

    AMEN!!!
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    Thanks for the info!

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    I've been there. It's not that great.

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    Dude, you totally left out Kevin Smith (Clerks, MallRats, Dogma, etc)
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    I remember Two Guys and Bambergers. Mmm. Hard rolls w/ butter.

    Don't forget:

    Drake's Cakes
    The Stone Pony
    The "Jersey Bounce" (real Jerseyites know it when they see it)
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    JERSEY GIRLS
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    There is a Two Guys here in Raleigh that is run by some transplants.
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    Thanks for posting this. I love my home state of NJ. Most people see so little of it they don't realize how nice it. It's got a little of everything- pristine forest (Pinelands), ocean, mountains, farmland, and cities (some actually pretty nice, too).


    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ, (but they're all gone now!).
    Actually, one just reopened this past summer in Vineland.


    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    You know how to properly negotiate a circle.
    I wish!


    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.
    And the water quality is very good. We've even been seeing dolphins routinely in the summer for the last few years.

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    ...and weird new jersey dot com should take care of the rest of your curiosity
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    There's a large contingent of tomato farmers in Lowcountry South Carolina that would tend to be offended by that tomato remark.

    You left out one of the more popular New Jersey "shores": Hilton Head Island, SC
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    There's a large contingent of tomato farmers in Lowcountry South Carolina that would tend to be offended by that tomato remark.

    You left out one of the more popular New Jersey "shores": Hilton Head Island, SC
    Someday, somehow, I know someone will make a lighthearted post on a message board that won't offend a a large contingent of tomato farmers from the Lowcountry of South of South Carolina. Maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackberry
    Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida.
    Are we forgetting Mt Washington in NEW Hampshire?

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    The Black Horse pike
    The White Horse pike
    Cherry Hill Mall (the first enclosed mall on East Coast)
    Highlands - seaboard, not highest point in the east.

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    Like in coast line?

    But not to be a dick... this is what came to mind when "The entire eastern seaboard" was mentioned

    http://www.answers.com/topic/eastern-seaboard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    You know that this is the only "New" state that doesn't require "New" to identify it (try . . . Mexico . . . York .! . . Hampshire-- doesn't work, does it?).
    Works rather poorly with [New] Jersey as well.. FYI, Jersey is the largest of the (British) Channel Islands .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Csson
    Works rather poorly with [New] Jersey as well.. FYI, Jersey is the largest of the (British) Channel Islands .

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    Well, it works fine in the US. We don't know a damn thing thing about the rest of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    We don't know a damn thing thing about the rest of the world.

    Quite pathetic, isn't it?

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    Are we forgetting Mt Washington in NEW Hampshire?
    Umm, Mt Washington is not on the seaboard. For that matter, might as well include Mt Mitchell in NC then...

    However, some would say Cadillac Mtn in Acadia National Park in Maine is on the seaboard and is higher than Highlands, NJ.

    I've seen this list before, I wouldn't take all of it as gospel... though they might be some weird definition of seaboard anyway.

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    ...and in a bizarre case of one-upmanship...

    abandonednj.com

    I've been to some of these places listed on these sites over the years...had lots of fun poking around that state.
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    I wore a jersey once but I can't remember if it was old or new.

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    Hilarious. I'm glad to be from Jersey!
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