Yea, this pisses me off. I have zero respect for rangers fans from here. You need to have a total lack of respect for where you're from. I disagree with someone who said there's not a strong sense of community in the state. At least where I'm from, on the Shore, the Jersey pride thing has taken hold in maybe the last five years with my generation. A lot of kids have Jersey related tattoos and bumper stickers, and some "Jersey" culture stores and restaurants have opened up near me. hopefully it's something that continues. I think we're just starting to see some demand for local goods and services, something we've been really behind the game on here. I also think the devils are starting to build some kind of following in south Jersey. Maybe it's just the minority that will always be there, or maybe something that will grow. Glad to hear Carlson was a Devils fan growing up. I was thinking the same thing about all these damn kids in the NHL from here growing up rangers fans.
Same up here where I live at in Hudson County. A lot of Jersey pride, almost directly BECAUSE of its proximity to New York. Some new small breweries, Jersey-related bar names and pizza places, etc... It wasn't really like this in the 90s, I think. I'm guessing we have shows like The Sopranos to thank and even some of the less desirable reality shows related to Jersey. The backlash to these shows around the country and knee-jerk reaction to make fun of our state has made people of a certain age uber-proud to be from here, by and large. Even Chris Christie during Hurricane Sandy did a lot in that regard (not so much now, another story though). It's like an inverse reaction this State has had to all the idiots around the country that make fun of us.
Edited by DJ Eco, 07 April 2014 - 01:38 PM.