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Jersey: Born and Raised

By Patty Nelson

New Jersey is horribly misunderstood, and you can’t really blame people; our reputation was reshaped after a group of overly tanned misfits ran wild on our beaches for television entertainment.     While I indulge in the pleasures of Jersey Shore re-runs, I also am a Central Jersey native. I know that the show is not a representation of my home state, or more importantly—the people of New Jersey.

The Stigma

However, anyone outside of New Jersey may not have anything else to go by. Cue… the Jersey Shore stigma. It’s not like people thought New Jersey was so awesome before. We’ve always been criticized for something. Let’s revisit a few New Jersey stereotypes:

We don’t pump our own gas

We must be spoiled and/or lazy. Or, maybe it’s just a state law.

We “tawk” funny 

Or perhaps you just say it wrong. 

New Jersey is synonymous with “smelly”

News flash: Garbage smells, people with poor hygiene smell. It exists everywhere! Not just in New Jersey!

Worst of all—no left turns 

Oh, the inhumanity!

You see what I’m saying? We’re hopeless. Whilst we may have our drawbacks, there’s nothing like growing up on the Jersey Shore. I have such fond memories of summers in Seaside Park, building sandcastles by day and eating Kohr’s famous ice cream twist by night. It’s hard to describe this lifestyle, but if you grew up in Central Jersey you’d understand. We’re fairly simple folks: we value family, summer, and the beach that is never too far—no matter where you are. We locals appreciate our place of origin, and we find that no matter where we travel to, we always have New Jersey in our heart and on our mind. Jersey is forever home.

By Patty Nelson New Jersey is horribly misunderstood, and you can’t really blame people; our reputation was reshaped aft...

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