Like 99% of New Jerseyans, I think New Jersey is the best state to live in. We have T.V shows based on the Garden State (I just sort of tagged our website) the big list of celebrities that were born here. We have one of the biggest gambling cities in the country (Atlantic City, just in case you didn’t know) that inspired Monopoly! You’re close to the capital of the world, New York City, so you can visit whenever you want and get shafted by the tunnel fees that will be going up to $15 dollars by 2015! The plus side is at least you don’t live there and have to put up with the urine smell that is really potent on those HOT humid days! Let’s go down the list I made that will make you feel really passionate about Christie’s ‘Stronger than the Storm’ campaign and want to spend a week in Wildwood!
Famous People from the Garden State:
I don’t know if it’s in the water or in the Taylor Ham, but New Jersey has a very impressive number of celebrities that have made a name for themselves in the music and entertainment business. In Pop Art, George Segal, who is known for full body plaster castings that are placed throughout major cities in the United States. The editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine as well as president and CEO of Forbes, Inc., Steve Forbes. You ever stop and think to yourself, “I am so glad I have a T.V., Internet, and light in my house!” Well, you can thank another fellow New Jerseyan, Thomas Edison. We have even been to space with Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin being the second man on the moon. In sports, we have Super Bowl champ, Joe Flacco (as a 49er’s fan that was hard to type) Shaquielle O’neil, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Dennis Rodman, Derek Jeter, Miles Austin. Born in Kearny, NJ, but plays for the Italian national team in soccer, Guisseppe Rossi. For music, the whole world knows who the BOSS is and if you don’t know who it is. I can assure you it is not Rick Ross. New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen! We also have Jon Bon Jovi, Frankie Valli, and Hoboken’s own, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houstion and who can forget QUEEN LATIFAH!
In the entertainment business we have an impressive list of names, Jay and Silent Bob, Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas, Danny Devito, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Anne Hathaway, Joe Pesci, Jon Stewart, Steven Spielberg, Christina Ricci, Lea Michele, Christopher Reeve, Richard Lewis, that wacky Tom Cruise, Ray Liota, Artie Lange, Myq Kaplan, James Gandolfini (RIP), Jason Alexander, and everyone’s favorite female actress, Nathan Lane! There’s a lot more big names that can keep going on the list, but to make it easier on me…you can just Google, “Famous people from New Jersey”. You’re welcome.
This is our Las Vegas. Shit, it’s Las Vegas’s father. It was here before it and has every right to back hand it in the face if he speaks up to him. The city where gambling started, Miss America pageant, and the idea of Monopoly all came from here. Translation, money, boobies, and a board game all came from this once beautiful city. Why did I say once? I’m from New Jersey and I will be completely honest with you. If you step outside of the casino’s and walk 2 blocks in any direction. It looks like Camden and Compton had sex and just left it on a beach. Don’t get me wrong though. I go there every year. I’ll walk on the boardwalk and take it all in because I know where I came from (Cue Bruce Springsteen’s – Atlantic City).
The Jersey Shore
I could have made this just one big group with Atlantic City, but for me the shore is more about gambling, boobies, and Monopoly wasn’t based on the whole shore. The Jersey Shore is being with family, friends, and the sun (OK, there’s definitely boobies involved too!) We have Avalon, Asbury Park, Beach Haven, Seaside, Bradley Beach, Long Branch, Belmar, and the list goes on and on. We have the night clubs right next to the beach for all the party animals and we also have certain beaches that are more for families. I have, just like many people, spent some great childhood memories with my family down at the shore. It’s an escape, while you’re still at home. We get a bad rep because of the “guido’s” and “guidette’s”, but I can promise you A LOT of them are NOT from New Jersey. They’re from Staten Island, Philadelphia, or Long Island (funny how the show “Jersey Shore” only had two people from New Jersey) and they come here with their spray tan and gelled hair TO THE BEACH! I don’t mind since it helps our state to get more money, just a lot of these people make fun of our beautiful state, but tend to forget we’re the ones serving them their Jaeger Bomb’s and giving them a place to stay with their rented Summer home’s, BOOM JERSEY PRIDE!
The New York Jets, New York Giants, New York Redbulls, all play in New Jersey! The only team that carries the New Jersey pride is the New Jersey Devils from the NHL, so what I’m trying to say is. If you’re from New Jersey and like the NY Rangers, you need to wake up and smell the puck. The only team representing NJ in any sport is the NJ Devils. We have 3 cups, but the NY Rangers have 4. A lot of people tend to forget that the Rangers won 3 out of the 4 when they were part of the “Original Six” meaning there was only the Rangers and 5 other teams during this time, so do the calculations, Devils have been around since 1982-1983 season and won 3 cups, sum it up and the Devils are just better (Yes, I am a Devils fan).
List of Shows Set In New Jersey
- The Sopranos (Had to start with the Sopranos people)
- Boardwalk Empire
- The Apprentice
- Charles In Charge
- Cake Boss
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- Jerseylicious (Yack)
- Jersey Shore (Double Yack)
The Four Seasons
Why is this guy talking about the four seasons, WHOOPTY DOO! I will tell you why! One, our immune system is like Superman, Jesus, and Oprah’s combined! Statistically, people who are around every season are more immune to disease’s. Two, I thought it was a really cool fact! Also, the luxury about this state is we can enjoy all the seasons the way it’s supposed to be. In the Fall, we can go pumpkin and apple picking. The Winter, we can enjoy Christmas with snow. Go to Mountain Creek and ski or snow board. The Summer head to the shore!!!!
I love this state with all my heart. It literally has everything. Its home. There’s a list of talented people that came from this state. Do I find it a coincidence? A little bit, but if you were born and raised here, you could kind of understand why. You could understand why we were helping each other during Hurricane Sandy. Yeah, we curse a lot. We can be fucking assholes (see what I did there), but when it’s time to help each other, we will. Like I said before, we have everything here to get you where you want to be in life. I deleted someone from my Facebook because they made fun of NJ. I don’t want to leave this place, it’s home. We know what pizza and bagels are supposed to taste like. Every great night I had when I was younger ended at a diner and these are things I have and will keep experiencing because, just like ‘The Boss’ said, “New Jersey is my home”.