I still wonder what it is about those of us who grew up in New Jersey: some odd combination of “New Jersey pride” and defensiveness. We love it, are affectionate to its foibles (even to the “armpit of the nation” references) and can’t stop seeking reassurance. I don’t sense that from any other state in the east coast of the USA – or anywhere else, for that matter. Perhaps New York and California (and now Texas and wherever else) are way too confident to stoop to what we former New Jerseyans do to prove to ourselves and the world (but mostly, I suspect to ourselves) that our childhoods were valid, were actually exciting and were somehow romantic.
The latest – and genuinely very interesting “isn’t New Jersey cool” websites are located on “Movoto”, a real estate sales and blog site (to figure). There are four sets of photos that are worth checking out:
– The 22 maps of New Jersey they never showed you in school (From map number 5: Did you know that New Jersey apparently is the only place in the USA where they/we call the night before Hallowe’en “mischief night”? I didn’t.)
– The 13 maps the conclusively prove that North Jersey is better than South Jersey (and I did not know anyone cared – but they do)
– The 33 photos that will make you remember why you love New Jersey (well, they didn’t do it for me, but they very pretty nevertheless)