1. The Best Bagels Actually Come From New Jersey
Source: Bagel Masters Facebook
Yeah, yeah, New York gets all the credit. But you’ll never really know true bagel perfection until you eat at Bagel Masters in Shrewsbury.
2. And That Goes For The Best Pizza Too
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Between Star Tavern, The Monk Room, Mr. Bruno’s, and Pizza-Town U.S.A. (which sounds like the perfect place to live, really), New Jersey has no shortage of amazing pizza. It’s like all the best things about New York pizza and Philly pizza combined.
3. New Jersey Does Breakfast So Much Better Than You
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Taylor ham with eggs and melted cheddar cheese. Enough said.
4. Wawa Is Not Just A Convenience Store
Source: Flickr user minaletattersfield
A convenience store? How dare you? New Jerseyans know it’s so much more than that. It’s like a super clean convenience store/self-serve buffet with actually delicious food/hangout spot if you’re fifteen all rolled into one.
5. But North Jersey Is Still Swearing By QuickChek
New Jerseyans are either of the mind that, “Sure, QuickChek is okay, or whatever… but it’s no Wawa.” Or they think QuickChek is heaven on Earth and Wawa can’t compare. Are they both actually just nice, clean convenience stores? Yes. Does that matter to New Jerseyans? Not one bit.
6. The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Ask If A New Jerseyan Knows Snooki
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Because, one, no they don’t know Snooki. And two, mentioning “The Jersey Shore” in New Jersey is like saying Voldemort’s name at Hogwarts.
7. The Actual Jersey Shore Is Absolutely Gorgeous
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It’s nearly 130 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, with everything from fun, busy boardwalks to quiet little stretches where you can walk your dog or watch the sunset in total peace.
8. Your Jersey Accent Is Horribly Inaccurate
You might think you’re really clever when you call it “Joisey.” You might even think you sound just like the locals. But really, New Jerseyans are getting the last laugh here.
9. Everyone Drives Like A Maniac
But everyone from New Jersey is on the same maniac-driver-wavelength, so they share the road pretty well together. It’s all the out-of-towners that slow things down with their turn signals and obeying speed limits and what have you.
10. There’s Always Somewhere To Eat At Two In The Morning
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And don’t worry, you’re not stuck with convenience store sushi either. Enter the miracle of the greasy spoon 24/7 diner, which New Jersey does better than any other state.
11. Most New Jerseyans Have No Desire To Move To New York
Yes, really. Not only is New Jersey actually affordable, it also has everything most people want. Jersey has great beaches, art museums, an awesome professional hockey team, multiple art museums, and food from every culture imaginable. Know what else it has? A whole lot of state pride.
12. North, South, And Central Can All Agree On One Thing
Sure, there’s a big difference between the culture of North, South, and Central (which maybe exists) Jersey, but everyone can at least agree to hate Staten Island.
13. New Jerseyans Know Their Way Around Four Letter Words
If swearing bothers you… well… sorry. No one is more creative than a New Jerseyan when it comes to cursing, especially when it comes to cursing out people from Staten Island.
14. Sorry, Most New Jerseyans Aren’t Mobsters
Sorry to disappoint, but the life of the average Jersey native is just not as exciting or graphically violent as a fictional
15. It’s Prettier Than You Expected? Well, Duh.
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called the Garden State for a reason. Whether it’s rolling farmland, gorgeous city parks, or sandy beaches, there’s some gorgeous scenery in New Jersey.
16. A Bunch Of Meatheads? Really? Ever Heard Of Princeton?
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For some reason (thanks a lot, MTV) everyone thinks New Jerseyans are just a bunch of meatheads who spend their days crossing off a list that consists of gym, tan, and laundry. Yeah, because it’s not like New Jersey is the home to amazing colleges like Princeton or Rutgers or anything.
17. Yeah, New Jerseyans Are Aware Of The Bruce Springsteen Irony
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Okay, so Bruce Springsteen wrote a bunch of songs about wanting to leave
New Jersey, but that doesn’t mean he’s not still The Boss. How do you not
18. Everyone Believes In The Jersey Devil
Source: Flickr user nespirit
If someone swears they saw the legendary creature in the Pine Barrens one summer when they were fifteen, don’t question it, or a dozen other Jerseyans will pop up and defend their story.
19. But They Also Sometimes Root For The Jersey Devils
Source: Flickr user bergera30
Why? Because Jersey Devils aren’t just creepy creatures—they’re also one of the most awesome hockey teams ever.
20. The Jets And The Giants Actually Belong To New Jersey
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New Yorkers can call them the New York Jets and the New York Giants all they want, but where do they play, New Yorkers, huh? Oh, that’s right. They play at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
21. Don’t You Dare Try To Pump Your Own Gas
If you even try to get out of your car at a New Jersey gas station, the attendant will immediately usher you back inside.
22. Your Exit Is Very Important
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New Jerseyans give directions to their house by saying they live just off the 95, but they don’t mean literally just
23. The Jughandles Are Not What You Think They Are
Jughandles aren’t the handles of a jug. They’re a type of ramp that’s shaped kind of like the letter P. They really are just as terrible and confusing as they seem, but just do what everyone else does—follow the other cars, and pray you’ll be okay.
24. Jerseyans Aren’t Looking For A Fight All The Time
Again with this macho meathead stereotype? New Jerseyans aren’t looking
to fight anyone, but it sure is hard when everyone keeps bringing the fight to them.
25. Bon Jovi Is Still Cool In New Jersey
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Sure, he’s just everyone’s dad’s favorite musician everywhere else. But in New Jersey, Bon Jovi is basically a king.
26. Jersey Is Just As Divided About Chris Christie As The Rest Of The Country
Source: Flickr user njnationalguard
Don’t assume everyone from New Jersey is standing by their man in 2016. A lot of people definitely don’t want him to run… but there are probably just as many Jerseyans who do.
27. You Don’t Know The True Meaning Of Location, Location, Location
New Jerseyans are totally spoiled by being just a quick drive away from the shore, mountains, a bunch of major cities, and rolling farmland. With Philadelphia in the south and New York in the north, they always have great getaways if they ever actually want to leave New Jersey for a while.
28. Just Get An E-ZPass And Save Yourself The Trouble
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Either that, or keep a whole lot of small change in your car at all times. If there’s one thing New Jersey loves more than hefty taxes, it’s a toll road.
29. If You Ride The Zumanjaro And Survive You’ll Earn Major Points
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Want to impress someone from South Jersey? Try riding the fastest, highest, most terrifying drop ride in the world at Six Flags Great Adventure, and don’t
scream like you woke up covered in a thousand spiders.
30. The “New” Is Kind Of Redundant
Most New Jerseyans are more likely to say they’re from North Jersey, South Jersey, or Central Jersey than to say they’re from New Jersey. New Jersey… like there’s some other Jersey that actually matters?
What do you have to explain about New Jersey to out-of-towners? Tell us in the comments below!