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 densest system of highways and railroads in the
New Jersey has the highest cost of living.
New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance.
New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.
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.
Home to the less mysterious but the 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 nation's most
famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long
Branch, 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
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 percent of what our nation imports
comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.
New Jersey is home to one of the nation's busiest airports (in Newark),
George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War
battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George
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 its
playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City.
And, Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world,
Not to mention salt water taffy,
New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the
Middle East countries.
The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey, in the
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, (but they're
all gone now!).
New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S" pro football teams!
The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson, NJ.
The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas
All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack
Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander,
Queen Latifah, 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
Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis,
Tom Cruise, 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 Forsythe, Meryl
Streep, Loretta Swit,
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,
Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie
Kovacs, Joseph Macchia and, of course,
Francis Albert Sinatra and
"Uncle Floyd" Vivino, Kelly
Bob Meade adds: The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is
the second highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US.
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 3 A.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 with driving.
You know that this is the only "New" state that doesn't require "New" to
identify it (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 area code 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
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
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,
Bamberger's and Orbach's.
You also remember Palisades Amusement Park.
You've had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries.
You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.
And finally . . .
You've NEVER, NEVER pumped your own gas.