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This is lengthy but it's funny, it's good, it's history and it interesting.

Ode to New Jersey:

New Jersey has THREE, count them, THREE Stanley Cups in 9 years because of the NJ Devils.

New Jersey is a peninsula.

Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida.

New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.

New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq. mi.)than Havana, Cuba.

New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the US.

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the 'Diner Capital of the World'.

New Jersey is home to the original mystery pork parts club (no, not spam)...Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

Yo!.....with fried egg & mustard on a hardroll.

Home to the less mysterious but best Italian hot dogs and Italian sausage w/peppers and onions.

North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.

New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns, some of the nations' most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch and Cape May.

New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for Water Quality Control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.

New Jersey is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.

New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts?)

Here's to New Jersey-the toast of the country!

In 1642, the first brewery in America opened in Hoboken.

New Jersey rocks!

The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah in 1940.

New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth.

Nearly 80% of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.

New Jersey is home to one of the nation's busiest airports at Newark Liberty International.

George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington.

The light bulb, phonograph (record player) and motion picture projector,were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ laboratory.

We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.

The first seaplane was built in Keyport, NJ.

The first airmail (to Chicago) was started from Keyport, NJ.

The first phonograph records were made in Camden, NJ.

New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.

The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on their playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City.

And Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.

New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey, in the Watchung Mountains.

New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. (Union, NJ!!!)

New Jersey had the first Medical Center, in Jersey City.

The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway highway.

NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson. (Holland Tunnel).

The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889. (Rutgers College played Princeton.)

The first Drive-in Movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ.

New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S " ProFootball Teams!

The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson, NJ.

All New Jersey natives:

Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo,Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnely, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Richard Wojewodzki, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Robert Blake, John Forsyth, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas(Wendy's), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia and of course........

Frank Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino.

You know you're from Jersey when....

You don't think of fruit when people mention "The Oranges".

You know that it's called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.

A good, quick breakfast is a hard roll with butter.

You've known the way to Seaside Heights since you were seven.

You've eaten at a Diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3a.m.

You know that the state isn't one big oil refinery.

At least three people in your family still love Bruce Springsteen and you know the town Jon Bon Jovi is from.

You know what a "jug handle" is.You know that WaWa is a convenience store.

You know that the state isn't all farmland.

You know that there are no "beaches" in New Jersey there's the shore and you don't go to the shore, you go "down the Shore". And when you are there, you're not "at the shore", you are "down the Shore".

You know how to properly negotiate a Circle.

You knew that the last sentence had to do withdriving.

You know that this is the only "New..." state that doesn't require "New" to identify it (like, try...Mexico, York, Hampshire - doesn't work, does it?)

You know that a "White Castle" is the name of BOTH a fast food chain AND a fast food sandwich.

You consider putting mayo on a corned beef sandwich a sacrilege.

You don't think "What exit" is very funny.

You know that people from the 609 areacode are "a little different".

yes they are!

You know that no respectable New Jerseyan goes to Princeton - that's for out-of-staters.

The Jets-Giants game has started fights at your school or local bar.

You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.

You refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.

Every year you have at least one kid in your class named Tony.

You know the location of every clip shown in the Sopranos opening credits.

You've gotten on the wrong highway trying to get out of the mall.

You know that people from North Jersey go to Seaside Heights, and people from Central Jersey go to Belmar and people from South Jersey go to Wildwood. It can be no other way.

You weren't raised in New Jersey -- you were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey You don't consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamburger's and Orbach's.

You've eaten a boardwalk sausage sandwhich with - peppers, onions and sauce!

You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.

New Jersey Devils hockey is the best.

And finally...

You've NEVER, NEVER pumped your own gas.

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We also invented the Texas wiener (in Paterson).

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you can't get a Texas weiner in Texas.. hell most Texicans don't even know what one is :D

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New Jersey has TWO count them TWO Stanley Cups in 9 years because of the NJ Devils.

Isn't that 3 cups?

GO DEVILS!!

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I guess Jerseyians can't count either, because we've won THREE count them THREE Stanley Cups in 9 years.

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GR it was a good read (egregious error aside...though maybe this was written before the playoffs ended?).

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oops.. I haven't used that Texcian comment before in here have I ?? It's an old homage to Jessie the Body Ventura who always called people from Texas Texicans which I found funny !!

.. or this is about the hot dogs and I feel stupid :P

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you can't get a Texas weiner in Texas.. hell most Texicans don't even know what one is :D

I'll confirm that . . . never heard of it!

Texicans??? What, did you go back and study Texas history? :P

(Early Anglo settlers were called Texicans.)

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New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts?)

Well, techn. we rank 2nd nationally in blueberry production, and 3rd nationally in cranberry :)

http://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/cmp.htm

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LOL, I remember reading that a week ago when I was trying to determine what each zone actually meant in the pinelands... a friend of mine does research there, and I didnt want to sound like an idiot :) hehehe.

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GetReal: Great ode! You ought to email your ode to writers who love to mock Jersey.

Nice find, GR.

The latter half of this post has been brought up a few times on these boards since I've been here, along with a classic "Screw you for being anti-NJ" rant I found on the 'net.

DD, I'm sure many are already aware of these, they've been circulating for years. Oh, and if you're hardcore anti-Jersey, you just make fun of those things that NJ is proud of -- at least that's what all my PA friends who hate NJ do (real mature, hm?)

Consider this: It is my experience that, aside from Texas, no other state boasts people that are so dedicated to their state. Again, just my experiences, could be faulty if applied nationally.

Also, check this out: From my experiences, Pennsylvania folk have Penn State pride, but not state pride.

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All New Jersey natives:

Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo,Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnely, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Richard Wojewodzki, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Robert Blake, John Forsyth, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas(Wendy's), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia and of course........

Frank Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino.

You can also add the future Mrs. Z-Man, Tara Reid. ;)

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iggy: Just because I follow the Minnesota teams or yearns for the days of living in the Midwest does not mean I am anti-Jersey. I live in North Jersey and I have enjoyed my time here. I am very proud to live in New Jersey. I am happy for the state when the Devils and Nets do good things. I get angry when I see people making fun of Jersey or bashing NJ which is why I encouraged Get Real to show that list to writers for particular publications and then shove it up to his or her butt.

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Tara Reid is from like three miles away. Friend said he saw her at a pizza shop without make-up and she looked AWFUL... probably not as bad as he made it out to be because of all the "hype" of the magazines...

A Texas weiner has nothing to do with Texas. It is a (usually deep-fried) hot dog with chili sauce (not exactly chili, more of a sauce) and raw onions on it. This guy that came into the deli I worked at was a local historian on them. He's traveled all over, mostly in the state but also elsewhere, and says the best ones can be found at the Hot Grill, Falls View, and somewhere else I am forgetting...

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A Texas weiner has nothing to do with Texas. It is a (usually deep-fried) hot dog with chili sauce (not exactly chili, more of a sauce) and raw onions on it.

yummmmmmmmm we have chili dogs but not usually deep-fried. But then again I'm not a hot dog expert!

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New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty

with that .. New Jersey is the most french place ;)

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You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamburger's and Orbach's.

Anyone remember Britts and Alexanders?

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Doc D. I yearn to live in the midwest also and I have never lived there. SD in particular. Just gotta love those wide open spaces. But NJ is also a great place to live, just not as wide open and the winters are much better. :)

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I remember that my parents used to go to Alexanders all the time.

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Tara Reid is from like three miles away. Friend said he saw her at a pizza shop without make-up and she looked AWFUL... probably not as bad as he made it out to be because of all the "hype" of the magazines...

I'd bet she looks better than most girls we know when they take off their make-up.

Also....Jay Mohr is from Verona, NJ.

GO DEVILS!!

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You don't consider Newark or Camden to actually be part of the state.

You remember the stores Korvette's, Two Guys, Rickel's, Channel, Bamburger's and Orbach's.

I object to this. Besides, if you don't consider Newark to be part of the state then how come you go talking about Bamberger's and Two Guys? Two of the department stores that made Newark the place to shop. Newark is the City of New Jersey and as part of the state as Asbury Park, Hoboken, Paterson (where the submarine was invented) or any other place you mentioned. :angry:

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He's traveled all over, mostly in the state but also elsewhere, and says the best ones can be found at the Hot Grill, Falls View, and somewhere else I am forgetting...

I think you're forgetting Libby's in Paterson, which a lot of people consider to be home of the original Texas weiner. Pretty damn strange, that Paterson is home to something called a Texas weiner, but what the hey.

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iggy: Just because I follow the Minnesota teams or yearns for the days of living in the Midwest does not mean I am anti-Jersey. I live in North Jersey and I have enjoyed my time here. I am very proud to live in New Jersey. I am happy for the state when the Devils and Nets do good things. I get angry when I see people making fun of Jersey or bashing NJ which is why I encouraged Get Real to show that list to writers for particular publications and then shove it up to his or her butt.

:huh:

You misread what he wrote i think .. not YOU, personally, but if ONE hates jersey

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