History UsefulNotes / NewJersey

3rd May '16 6:20:52 PM aye_amber
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* Karen O of the YeahYeahYeahs (born in UsefulNotes/SouthKorea, but raised in Englewood)

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* Karen O of the YeahYeahYeahs Music/YeahYeahYeahs (born in UsefulNotes/SouthKorea, but raised in Englewood)
28th Apr '16 2:05:44 PM Guide
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The menu must be diverse. Classic Americana like burgers and fries are standard ([[http://bestfoodchallenges.com/clinton-station-diner-5-different-burger-challenges/ sometimes in epic proportions]]), as well as some dishes regarded as classic "diner food" (for instance, French onion soup is all but ubiquitous). Also critical are breakfast dishes like pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon, and eggs, served at all hours of the day. Foods unique to Jersey diners include creamed chipped beef on toast and something including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_roll pork roll]]. We should note here that pork roll may also known as Taylor Ham after [[BrandNameTakeover one particular brand]] (specifically of the originators Taylor Provisions, of Trenton); generally speaking, "pork roll" is the term used in South Jersey, while North Jersey calls it Taylor Ham and Central Jersey is, as usual, a mixed bag. Finally, the place must serve some obscure ethnic food of whatever ethnicity the owner is; gyros and souvlaki are common at Greek-run diners, while matzo ball soup and bagels with cream cheese and lox are common at historically Jewish-run ones.

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The menu must be diverse. Classic Americana like burgers and fries are standard ([[http://bestfoodchallenges.com/clinton-station-diner-5-different-burger-challenges/ sometimes in epic proportions]]), as well as some dishes regarded as classic "diner food" (for instance, French onion soup is all but ubiquitous). Also critical are breakfast dishes like pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon, and eggs, served at all hours of the day. Foods unique to Jersey diners include creamed chipped beef on toast and something including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_roll pork roll]]. We should note here that pork roll may also be known as Taylor Ham after [[BrandNameTakeover one particular brand]] (specifically of the originators Taylor Provisions, of Trenton); generally speaking, "pork roll" is the term used in South Jersey, while North Jersey calls it Taylor Ham and Central Jersey is, as usual, a mixed bag. Finally, the place must serve some obscure ethnic food of whatever ethnicity the owner is; gyros and souvlaki are common at Greek-run diners, while matzo ball soup and bagels with cream cheese and lox are common at historically Jewish-run ones.
18th Mar '16 6:54:31 PM karstovich2
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* Music/BruceSpringsteen (born in Long Branch, raised in Freehold Borough)

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* Music/BruceSpringsteen (born in Long Branch, raised in Freehold Borough)Borough, currently lives in Colts Neck)
14th Mar '16 1:15:27 PM MarkLungo
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->"New Jersey has the largest number of toxic waste dumps and Washington, D.C. has the most lawyers. Why? [[EvilLawyerJoke Jersey got to pick first.]]"

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->"New ->''"New Jersey has the largest number of toxic waste dumps and Washington, D.C. has the most lawyers. Why? [[EvilLawyerJoke Jersey got to pick first.]]"
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12th Mar '16 12:31:55 PM karstovich2
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Residents are known to react even worse to the standard New Jersey jokes. The Turnpike has very few exits to the southern half of the state (and the Parkway has none outside of the Shore), and the near-absence of chemical and industrial plants outside of the immediate vicinity of Philadelphia results in little pollution. Plus, there are still many, many thriving farms in the area (it's home to the regionally-famous Jersey tomato as well as a number of decent wineries), as it is relatively undeveloped outside of the Shore and the Delaware Valley, lending some credence to the state nickname that so many seem to think is ironic -- "The Garden State."\\

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Residents are known to react even worse to the standard New Jersey jokes. The Turnpike has very few exits to the southern half of the state (and the Parkway has none outside of the Shore), and the near-absence of chemical and industrial plants outside of the immediate vicinity of Philadelphia results in little pollution. Plus, there are still many, many thriving farms in the area (it's home to the regionally-famous Jersey tomato tomato, much if not most of New Jersey's large cranberry industry, and a substantial blueberry crop, as well as a number of decent wineries), as it is relatively undeveloped outside of the Shore and the Delaware Valley, lending some credence to the state nickname that so many seem to think is ironic -- "The Garden State."\\
12th Mar '16 12:20:45 PM karstovich2
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** '''Long Branch:''' First made its name for itself as a major theatre hub alongside Hollywood in California. President Garfield, after being shot by an assassin, died of complications from the bullet here on September 19, 1881. Six other presidents (Grant, Hayes, Arthur, Harrison, [=McKinley=], and Wilson) have also visited the town, leading to Seven Presidents Park being dedicated in their honor. The rise of Hollywood as a film capital, the Garden State Parkway causing the rise of downshore resort towns, nearby racial riots, and a destructive fire in 1987 sparked the decline of Long Branch throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Still, it remains a popular beachside resort.

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** '''Long Branch:''' First made its name for itself as a major theatre hub alongside Hollywood in California. President Garfield, after being shot by an assassin, died of complications from the bullet here on September 19, 1881. Six other presidents (Grant, Hayes, Arthur, Harrison, [=McKinley=], [=McKinley=],[[note]]Whose first Vice President, Garrett Hobart, was ''from'' Long Branch, although he had made his career in Paterson; it was Hobart's somewhat unexpected death in 1899 that had led to the nomination of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt as [=McKinley=]'s running mate, which of course proved hugely consequential.[[/note]] and Wilson) have also visited the town, leading to Seven Presidents Park being dedicated in their honor. The rise of Hollywood as a film capital, the Garden State Parkway causing the rise of downshore resort towns, nearby racial riots, and a destructive fire in 1987 sparked the decline of Long Branch throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Still, it remains a popular beachside resort.
20th Feb '16 7:55:27 AM karstovich2
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* In 1985, David Friedland, a member of the NJ Senate, faked his own drowning by using scuba gear, a briefcase full of money buried on a beach, and a quiet escape to the Maldives in an act that can only be described as "Film/JamesBond-esque."

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* In 1985, David Friedland, a member of the NJ Senate, faked his own drowning by using scuba gear, a briefcase full of money literal BriefcaseFullOfMoney buried on a beach, and a quiet escape to the Maldives in an act that can only be described as "Film/JamesBond-esque."
19th Feb '16 8:43:22 PM karstovich2
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* [[BigEater Chris]] [[BigFun Christie]] (born in Newark, raised in Livingston. Current governor of NJ; ran an abortive campaign for President in 2016. Notable for giving a scathing speech about UsefulNotes/BarackObama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, but dropping all partisanship after Hurricane Sandy hit--and ''crying'' in the speech thanking the Administration for its help, causing many GOP commentators to turn on him; apparently they think he was supposed to screw over his own state in order to keep trashing the other party, but this move garnered him significant support in his own state. He then squandered this goodwill by trying to secure endorsements from Democratic politicians (which led to the aforementioned Bridgegate) and then spending so much time out of state for the presidential campaign that it became a statewide joke.

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* [[BigEater Chris]] [[BigFun Christie]] (born in Newark, raised in Livingston. Current governor of NJ; ran an abortive campaign for President in 2016. Notable for giving a scathing speech about UsefulNotes/BarackObama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, but dropping all partisanship after Hurricane Sandy hit--and ''crying'' in the speech thanking the Administration for its help, causing many GOP commentators to turn on him; apparently they think he was supposed to screw over his own state in order to keep trashing the other party, but this move garnered him significant support in his own state. He then squandered this goodwill by trying to secure endorsements he really didn't need from Democratic politicians (which led to the aforementioned Bridgegate) and then spending so much time out of state for the presidential campaign that it became a statewide joke.
19th Feb '16 8:42:20 PM karstovich2
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* [[BigEater Chris]] [[BigFun Christie]] (born in Newark, raised in Livingston. Current governor of NJ; widely speculated to be a possible choice for the GOP nomination in 2016 or ''maybe'' 2020; notable for giving a scathing speech about UsefulNotes/BarackObama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, but dropping all partisanship after Hurricane Sandy hit--and ''crying'' in the speech thanking the Administration for its help. Which has caused many GOP commentators to turn on him; apparently they think he was supposed to screw over his own state in order to keep trashing the other party, but garnered ''significant'' support within his own state.)

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* [[BigEater Chris]] [[BigFun Christie]] (born in Newark, raised in Livingston. Current governor of NJ; widely speculated to be a possible choice ran an abortive campaign for the GOP nomination President in 2016 or ''maybe'' 2020; notable 2016. Notable for giving a scathing speech about UsefulNotes/BarackObama at the 2012 Republican National Convention, but dropping all partisanship after Hurricane Sandy hit--and ''crying'' in the speech thanking the Administration for its help. Which has caused help, causing many GOP commentators to turn on him; apparently they think he was supposed to screw over his own state in order to keep trashing the other party, but this move garnered ''significant'' him significant support within in his own state.)state. He then squandered this goodwill by trying to secure endorsements from Democratic politicians (which led to the aforementioned Bridgegate) and then spending so much time out of state for the presidential campaign that it became a statewide joke.
19th Feb '16 8:38:07 PM karstovich2
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* Antonin Scalia: Arch-conservative[=/=]"originalist" Italian Catholic from Trenton. Appointed by UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan; still there. Got into well-publicized and snarky fights with Brennan while both were on the bench. Gave a reporter the Sicilian finger.
* Samuel Alito: Also a conservative[=/=]"originalist" Italian Catholic from Trenton. He and Scalia are sometimes nicknamed "[[FanNickname Scalito]]", though Alito's shown a bit more of a libertarian streak on the bench (unsurprising for those who know about his support for constitutionally-based gay rights while at Princeton). Appointed by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* Antonin Scalia: Arch-conservative[=/=]"originalist" Italian Catholic from Trenton. Appointed by UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan; still there.stayed there until he died suddenly in his sleep in 2016. Got into well-publicized and snarky fights with Brennan while both were on the bench. Gave a reporter the Sicilian finger.
* Samuel Alito: Also a conservative[=/=]"originalist" Italian Catholic from Trenton.Trenton (well, Hamilton Township, but who's counting?). He and Scalia are sometimes nicknamed "[[FanNickname Scalito]]", though Alito's shown a bit more of a libertarian streak on the bench (unsurprising for those who know about his support for constitutionally-based gay rights while at Princeton). Appointed by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
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