Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why Jersey Rocks

Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first
solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.

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 US.

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

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

New Jersey is home to Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

Home to 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

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 (Crest), Atlantic City, Seaside
Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.

New Jersey has the most stringent testing along its
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

Here's to New Jersey - the toast of the country! In
1642, the first brewery in America, opened in Hoboken.

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

New Jersey is home to one of the nation's busiest
airports (in Newark), Liberty International.

George Washington slept there.

Several important Revolutionary War battles were
fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George
Washington (when he wasn't sleeping).

The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion
picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in
his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. He also owned a home
and the first film studio in the nation in West
Orange. The first moving picture film was done there.

New Jersey also boasts 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 was home to the Miss America Pageant held
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. (Linden). One explosion there blew doors off and shattered windows in Elizabeth homes.

The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey, in the
Watchung Mountains. The NY skylines is visible.

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

New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey

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

New Jersey 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

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden,
NJ, (but they're all gone now!). I saw the Godfather
in a drive in in Wayne NJ near the Willowbrook Mall.
The Passaic used to flood the area near the carwash
near the drive in. Gone now.

New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S" pro
football teams!

The first radio station and broadcast was in Paterson,

The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ,
by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

All New Jersey natives:

Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce 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, Zack Braff 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, Kevin Fahey,
Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti,
Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake,
John Forsythe, 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., Norman Schwarzkopf (his mother was a
famous opera singer and his father investigated the
Lindenberg kidnapping also in NJ), the outlaw Sundance
Kid, Dave Thomas (Wendy's), William Carlos Williams,
Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson,
Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Kelly Ripa, and, of
course, Francis Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd"

The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is
the 2nd highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US.
William Carlos Williams wrote a book length set of
poems called Paterson.

You know you're from Jersey when . .

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

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

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

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

You've eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or
at 3 A.M

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

You know what a "jug handle" is.

You know that WaWa is a convenience store. Don't
forget Cumberland Farms.

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

You know that this is the only "New" state that
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

You don't think "What exit?" is very funny. (you will
get your ass kicked by most New Jerseyans)

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 local bar.

You live within 20 minutes of at least three different

You refer to all highways and interstates by their

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, Bamberger's and Orbach's.

You also remember Palisades Amusement Park.
(And the weeds in the distance was not a place you
wanted to visit...more happened there than Alexander
Hamilton being shot by Aaron Burr and it is a one way
destination for many and not because it is a shortcut
into the City)

You've had a boardwalk cheese steak and vinegar fries.

You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in

And finally. .You NEVER, NEVER NEVER, EVER pump your
own gas.

...with thanks to Monica from Doreen's office

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