New Jersey is one of the United States, located an easy bridge or tunnel ride from New York (or Pennsylvania). Because no-one would ever pay to get into New Jersey, all tolls are charged to get out (and most people will pay anything to get out of New Jersey)
One half of the state is unjustly derided for being an industrial wasteland, populated by people who couldn't really make it in the Big Apple (often called the "armpit of America" by snarky Pennsylvanians), while the other half claims fame as the "Garden State." People from the ugly half go to the pretty half for their honeymoons and beach vacations.
Truthfully though, New Jersey is neither as good as its residents will tell you it is, nor as bad as New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians say it is. People misjudge the state because they think the entire place looks like what you see while driving the northern half of the New Jersey Turnpike.
New Jersey is a state with many extreme contrasts: extreme wealth (northern Bergen and eastern Morris County, parts of Hunterdon and Mercer Counties) and dire poverty (Camden, Trenton, Paterson, parts of Asbury Park, Newark, Jersey City, and Atlantic City); lush farmland and forest (much of South Jersey, parts of Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties) and industrial clutter and pollution (much of Middlesex, Union, Hudson, and Essex Counties); social progressivism (relatively liberal politics, with the Religious Right having little political clout) and backwardness and corruption (many of the state and local governments); high culture (Princeton and... okay, we give up) and a total lack of class (Newark, Camden, Trenton, the suburbs, the entire Jersey shore).
New Jersey is one of only two states in the US to deny people the right to pump their own gasoline at a gas station, the other being Oregon. Some consider this to be an appalling human rights infraction and a nuisance... and simultaneously take it as something to be proud of, plastering their cars with bumper stickers reading "Jersey Girls don't pump gas." In addition, New Jersey has relatively strong gun control laws that are undoubtedly the result of crime in the state's urban areas.
The state is a major global center of the pharmaceutical industry. Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, Bayer, and other major pharmaceutical and biotech companies are all headquartered in the Garden State, leading to the nickname "America's medicine chest", even if some of the lab work has been outsourced to Massachusetts in recent years. In other words, if Mike Adams is to be trusted, the headquarters of the New World Order isn't in a candlelit temple beneath Yale University or in a clearing in the California redwoods, but in an office park in East Hanover or Woodbridge.
It is also (as of April 2015) the only state in the US where limited online gambling is permitted by law (games of chance only, not sports betting).
Important: Nobody who actually lives in New Jersey refers to it as "Joisey." Only assholes from Brooklyn say that. (In case you're curious, the natives pronounce it "Jezzy".)
When people from New Jersey meet each other outside of the state, the proper way to ask each other's Jersey location is "Which Exit?" (pronounced egg-zit).
 Stuff New Jerseyans are (usually) not ashamed of
- Being a blue state
- The Sopranos
- Really good diners
- Taylor Pork Roll (aka "Taylor Ham")
- Princeton University
- Rutgers University (the public, less snobby version of Princeton, with more alcohol)
- The Newark Museum (housing, oddly enough, the largest collection of Tibetan art in the Western hemisphere)
- High Point State Park, and its conjoined twin, Stokes State Forest
- Bruce Springsteen
- John Bon Jovi
- The Four Seasons (band)
- The New Jersey shore towns (Note: No one goes "to the shore", nor is anyone "at the shore". In both cases, it's "down the shore".)
- WFMU (one of the last free-form FM radio stations)
- The Paterson Falls
- The Thomas A. Edison National Historic Site
- WaWa (if you're in the pretty half) and QuickChek (if you're in the ugly half) convenience stores
- Whitney Houston (the music, not the crack)
- The Pine Barrens
- The New Jersey Devils hockey team (named for a mythical creature which allegedly lives in the aforementioned Pine Barrens)
- Some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
- Rick Ross
- Robert Menendez, survivor of an amusing recall attempt
- The Union Watersphere
- New Jersey-grown produce, especially tomatoes
- Legal (read: medicinal) marijuana
- Megas XLR (CHICKS DIG GIANT ROBOTS)
- The Uncle Floyd Show
- First state in the U.S. where women could vote
- Minor League Baseball
- It was one of the first states to ban pay toilets state-wide.
 Stuff New Jerseyans are (usually) pretty embarrassed about
- Women wearing big, poofy, '80s-style hair
- Power ballads
- Whitney Houston (the crack, not the music)
- Jersey Shore, the horrendous reality television show of the same name
- The fist pump
- GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry)
- Andrew Layton Schlafly and Conservapedia
- Hal Turner
- Chris Christie
- Toll booths
- No self-service gas stations
- The fact that two NFL teams as well as a Major League Soccer team have their home stadiums in New Jersey, but have "New York" in their names.
 See also
- ↑ Helfand, Carly. "Big Pharma still a big deal for NJ economy, despite cost cuts." Fierce Pharma, 19 August 2015 (recovered 4 March 2017).
- ↑ Nurin, Tara. "Can Biotechnology Provide the Cure for What Ails New Jersey's Economy?" NJ Spotlight, 6 April 2016 (recovered 4 March 2017).
- ↑ Part of the "New Jersey Breakfast" or "Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese"; a slice of fried pork roll with a fried egg and American cheese served on a hard roll.
- ↑ Briefly, and only in the sense that the voting requirements in the state constitution were gender-neutral until women started showing up at the polls
- ↑ Currently, there are 5 teams. 1 Single-A, 1 Double-A, and 3 Independent (1 Atlantic League, 2 Can-Am League).
- ↑ Note: Most of the cast of this show are actually New Yorkers. Most real New Jerseyans have more class than that.
- ↑ The New York (Football) Giants, and the New York Jets, both of which play in East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium, and the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison's Red Bull Arena.
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