History UsefulNotes / NewJersey

1st Jul '16 3:34:43 PM themisterfree
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A run-into-the-ground joke aimed at New Jerseyans is the "You're from Jersey? What exit?" line. Neither the Turnpike nor the Parkway [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NJ_GSPTP.png services every possible town in the state]], but using this line to a real New Jerseyan just might earn you [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore a boot up the ass]]. And a word of note: while the Parkway has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_State_Parkway#Exit_list more than ninety exits]] going up and down its length, the Turnpike has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Turnpike#Exit_list only thirty-two]], and they become ''very'' spaced out once you're south of Elizabeth.\\

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A run-into-the-ground joke aimed at New Jerseyans is the "You're from Jersey? What exit?" line. Neither the Turnpike nor the Parkway [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NJ_GSPTP.png services every possible town in the state]], but using this line to a real New Jerseyan just might earn you [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore a boot up the ass]]. And a word of note: while the Parkway has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_State_Parkway#Exit_list more than ninety exits]] going up and down its length, the Turnpike has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Turnpike#Exit_list only thirty-two]], and they become ''very'' spaced out once you're south of Elizabeth. And for some, "what exit" could also mean any of the multiple Interstates (78, 80, 280, 287).\\


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* [[Series/CardSharks Jim]] [[Series/SaleOfTheCentury Perry]] (born in Camden, immigrated to Canada, then back to the US; held dual citizenship)
20th Jun '16 1:29:31 PM gewunomox
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* Ad-Rock of the BeastieBoys (born in South Orange, but raised in Manhattan)

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* Ad-Rock of the BeastieBoys Music/BeastieBoys (born in South Orange, but raised in Manhattan)
19th Jun '16 12:03:58 AM nombretomado
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* Garret Hobart (born and raised in Long Branch; made his career in Paterson; Vice President during UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley's first term, his death in 1899 gave an opening for TheodoreRoosevelt)

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* Garret Hobart (born and raised in Long Branch; made his career in Paterson; Vice President during UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley's first term, his death in 1899 gave an opening for TheodoreRoosevelt)UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt)
17th Jun '16 8:44:53 PM karstovich2
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** '''Belmar,''' despite being a minor community, does have high historical value in the state. Belmar is home to the first first-aid squad in the country, the "E Street" that Bruce Springsteen's band took its name from, and Tony Soprano's boat.

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** '''Belmar,''' despite being a minor community, does have high historical value in the state. Belmar is home to the first first-aid squad in the country, the "E Street" that Bruce Springsteen's band took its name from, and Tony Soprano's boat. Today, it is unusually popular because I-195 runs there directly from Trenton (which is practically due west of Belmar), meaning many from that part of the state (as well as from Philadelphia's northern suburbs in nearby Bucks County, PA) end up there.
17th Jun '16 8:38:31 PM karstovich2
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* '''The Jersey Shore:''' New Jersey's coastline, and a major summer destination for New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, and New Jerseyans alike. Generally considered to consist the portions of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties that [[CaptainObvious face the Atlantic Ocean]].[[note]]The portions of Monmouth County that face Raritan Bay and the portions of Cape May County that face Delaware Bay are generally not included in the "Shore." Also, Burlington County technically has a tiny portion facing the Atlantic in Bass River Township near the tripoint with Monmouth and Ocean Counties, but that area is a swamp with nothing in it.[[/note]] It used to have [[NeverLiveItDown a reputation for being dirty]] due to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringe_Tide "syringe tide"]] in the late '80s, when used syringes and other medical waste started washing up on the shore from the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island (in short, [[MisBlamed it wasn't even New Jersey's fault!]]). Now, thanks to Creator/{{MTV}}, it's has a reputation for being covered in [[TakeThat another kind of trash, once again imported from out of state]]. The Shore (outside of the Cape May peninsula, which was largely untouched) was among the hardest-hit areas on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with many towns seeing homes washed away and their boardwalks destroyed in whole or in part.\\

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* '''The Jersey Shore:''' New Jersey's coastline, and a major summer destination for New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, and New Jerseyans alike. Generally considered to consist the portions of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties that [[CaptainObvious face the Atlantic Ocean]].[[note]]The portions of Monmouth County that face Raritan Bay and the portions of Cape May County that face Delaware Bay are generally not included in the "Shore." Also, Burlington County technically has a tiny portion facing the Atlantic in Bass River Township near the tripoint with Monmouth Atlantic and Ocean Counties, but that area is a swamp with nothing in it.[[/note]] It used to have [[NeverLiveItDown a reputation for being dirty]] due to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringe_Tide "syringe tide"]] in the late '80s, when used syringes and other medical waste started washing up on the shore from the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island (in short, [[MisBlamed it wasn't even New Jersey's fault!]]). Now, thanks to Creator/{{MTV}}, it's has a reputation for being covered in [[TakeThat another kind of trash, once again imported from out of state]]. The Shore (outside of the Cape May peninsula, which was largely untouched) was among the hardest-hit areas on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with many towns seeing homes washed away and their boardwalks destroyed in whole or in part.\\
17th Jun '16 8:36:10 PM karstovich2
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** '''Education''': As noted, Central Jersey is home to New Jersey's major educational institutions, Princeton University and Rutgers University. The two are just down Route 27 from each other and are only two stops apart on New Jersey Transit (from New Brunswick, you take the train to Princeton Junction and then the Dinky to Princeton proper), and there's something of a quiet rivalry between the two (with Princeton treating Rutgers as uncouth proles not to be given the time of day, and Rutgers treating Princeton as a bunch of rich snobs); they played the first-ever game of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball in 1869, using rules that looked more like the bastard child of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] and rugby than the modern game. (Rutgers won, by the way.) Also present, but usually ignored, is The College of New Jersey right outside Trenton, a public university that took Princeton's old name and is mainly focused on giving New Jersey's best and brightest a top-notch education at a reasonable price.

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** '''Education''': As noted, Central Jersey is home to New Jersey's major educational institutions, Princeton University and Rutgers University. The two are just down Route 27 from each other and are only two stops apart on New Jersey Transit (from New Brunswick, you take the train to Princeton Junction and then the Dinky to Princeton proper), and there's something of a quiet rivalry between the two (with Princeton treating Rutgers as uncouth proles not to be given the time of day, and Rutgers treating Princeton as a bunch of rich snobs); snobbish assholes); they played the first-ever game of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball in 1869, using rules that looked more like the bastard child of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] and rugby than the modern game. (Rutgers won, by the way.) We would be remiss if we didn't note the nigh-universal consensus that Princeton, which has taken extensive steps to isolate itself in an effort to make it "nicer" is generally considered to only technically be part of New Jersey--and never mind that the Governor's official mansion, Drumthwacket, is in Princeton Borough. Also present, but usually ignored, is The College of New Jersey right outside Trenton, a public university that took Princeton's old name and is mainly focused on giving New Jersey's best and brightest a top-notch education at a reasonable price.



* '''The Jersey Shore:''' New Jersey's coastline, and a major summer destination for New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, and New Jerseyans alike. It used to have [[NeverLiveItDown a reputation for being dirty]] due to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringe_Tide "syringe tide"]] in the late '80s, when used syringes and other medical waste started washing up on the shore from the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island (in short, [[MisBlamed it wasn't even New Jersey's fault!]]). Now, thanks to Creator/{{MTV}}, it's has a reputation for being covered in [[TakeThat another kind of trash, once again imported from out of state]]. The Shore (outside of the Cape May peninsula, which was largely untouched) was among the hardest-hit areas on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with many towns seeing homes washed away and their boardwalks destroyed in whole or in part.\\

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* '''The Jersey Shore:''' New Jersey's coastline, and a major summer destination for New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, and New Jerseyans alike. Generally considered to consist the portions of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties that [[CaptainObvious face the Atlantic Ocean]].[[note]]The portions of Monmouth County that face Raritan Bay and the portions of Cape May County that face Delaware Bay are generally not included in the "Shore." Also, Burlington County technically has a tiny portion facing the Atlantic in Bass River Township near the tripoint with Monmouth and Ocean Counties, but that area is a swamp with nothing in it.[[/note]] It used to have [[NeverLiveItDown a reputation for being dirty]] due to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringe_Tide "syringe tide"]] in the late '80s, when used syringes and other medical waste started washing up on the shore from the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island (in short, [[MisBlamed it wasn't even New Jersey's fault!]]). Now, thanks to Creator/{{MTV}}, it's has a reputation for being covered in [[TakeThat another kind of trash, once again imported from out of state]]. The Shore (outside of the Cape May peninsula, which was largely untouched) was among the hardest-hit areas on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with many towns seeing homes washed away and their boardwalks destroyed in whole or in part.\\
7th Jun '16 9:38:08 PM gewunomox
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* [[FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons The Four Seasons]] (Belleville)


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22nd May '16 6:03:06 PM nombretomado
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* [[PlayfulHacker George "geohot" Hotz]] (aka "the man who unlocked the iPhone and PS3") (Glen Rock)

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* [[PlayfulHacker George "geohot" Hotz]] (aka "the man who unlocked the iPhone and PS3") [=PS3=]") (Glen Rock)
22nd May '16 5:52:27 PM karstovich2
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** '''Trenton''': As noted in other places, the state capital. Situated directly on the Delaware immediately across from Morrisville, Pennsylvania (making Trenton one of only two state capitals directly on a state border--the other is Carson City, Nevada, which borders California--and also one of the few cases where the city in New Jersey is bigger than the one outside it). Almost exactly halfway between New York and Philadelphia, it is a prime example of the confusion of Central Jersey. It is also a prime example of the rise and fall of New Jersey industry; its position between NYC and Philly originally made it a prime location for manufacturing (the city's motto is still "Trenton Makes, the World Takes"), industry has declined substantially. State government is now the main industry, and keeps the city on life support; as such, it hasn't fallen quite as hard as Newark, Camden, Paterson, or Atlantic City. A fun fact Trentonians like to talk about: Trenton was also capital of the US in November-December 1784.

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** '''Trenton''': As noted in other places, the state capital.capital, and also the seat of Mercer County. Situated directly on the Delaware immediately across from Morrisville, Pennsylvania (making Trenton one of only two state capitals directly on a state border--the other is Carson City, Nevada, which borders California--and also one of the few cases where the city in New Jersey is bigger than the one outside it). Almost exactly halfway between New York and Philadelphia, it is a prime example of the confusion of Central Jersey. It's a fine example of the New Jersey melting pot, with a large Black community, as well as many Hispanics (especially Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Guatemalans) and a sizeable community of Haitians (the courts even have a Haitian Creole interpreter on salary), and although White flight hit the city hard, the White community remains sizeable (although a substantial number of those technically live in Hamilton Township even though they have Trenton addresses--Mercer County political geography is confusing even by New Jersey standards). It is also a prime example of the rise and fall of New Jersey industry; its position between NYC and Philly originally made it a prime location for manufacturing (the city's motto is still "Trenton Makes, the World Takes"), industry has declined substantially. State government is now the main industry, and keeps the city on life support; as such, it hasn't fallen quite as hard as Newark, Camden, Paterson, or Atlantic City. A fun fact Trentonians like to talk about: Trenton was also capital of the US in November-December 1784.
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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