New Jersey. It has a reputation of oil refineries and wild south New Jersey shore kids (who in reality are not from the Jersey shore.)
New Jersey is called the Garden State because it does produce the most magnificent fruits and vegetables. Nothing better in the summer than a succulent Jersey tomato, corn that is sweet as sugar and juicy, colorful peaches. We have acres of cranberry bogs, flower farms and fruit orchards where if you’d like you can pick your own baskets of apples and berries.
Our ocean and bays provide us with all types of wonderful seafood, some of which is exported as far away as the Scandinavian states.
We have miles of beaches for swimming and boating in the summer and mountains for skiing in the winter. All within an hours reach of each other.
Monmouth County within the state of New Jersey has more horses per capita than any other state in the union and acres and acres of riding trails for the equestrians.
New Jersey is the only state in the union who also can drop the New and just be recognized as part of the states name ‘Jersey.’
As far a education goes, New Jersey is home to Princeton and other universities that are part of the many fine colleges that we have here in our state.
So the next time you think that New Jersey from mile to mile is filled with Sopranos and soprano types please don’t be misled. From Thomas Edison to Marconi who sent the first overseas telegram from New Jersey to Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Dana Evans, and of course, Emerson Hart. We have a lot to offer.
In spite of our small size we are a mighty state full of diversity in landscapes and peoples and industry. So New Jersey Housewives, and all the crazy reality shows based in New Jersey, in my 42 years of living here, I have never met anyone like you. Thank Heavens!
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I’ve always been in love with New Jersey since my grandparents brought me to Deal, NJ for my favorite uncle’s wedding when I was 8 years old. I love everything Jersey. Even Hoboken in the 1960s. The business district reminded me of the Steubenville we grew up in. And I’ve always loved Frank Sinatra and his Steubenville sidekick, Dean Martin. There was this 1954 movie, “Young At Heart”, filmed on the Jersey Shore starring Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young and Ethel Barrymore. I think these were some of the things that made me decide to move to NYC. I still love to visit the Jersey Shore and eat fried clams.
Jersey is a great place.
Thanks Mara. I have mixed emotions about leaving. It really is a beautiful state. And you are right about Hoboken. New Hope is also beautiful. I really can’t choose a favorite. Hope to see you in NYC before we head south.