A Question about New Jersey

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  1. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Member

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    It was just notorious, everywhere we went - especially around DC, Maryland, Virginia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Eastern West Virginia, and adjacent NYS: See a driver driving dangerously/inconsiderately/manically and the vehicle had Jersey plates on it - also, all down I-81 and I-95, in fact all the way to South Florida. Uncanny.

    So my only query was, did considerate drivers from NJ rent a car without NJ plates and did some morons with no real connections to NJ happen to borrow a NJ plated SUV or car?

    I am NOT an "after you, Alfonse" type driver and I drive a pretty brisk pace, myself. But these people seemed he!! bent on ruining the reputation of all NJ drivers, where-ever they happened to roam. When I shopped for used cars, I never bothered to look in NJ because I assumed the car had been tortured as usual. I bought one in Reading, PA and another in Alexandria, VA instead.
     
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  2. Jon C

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    I have lived in NJ, Boston, and D.C.

    Three different issues.

    D.C.= most incompetent by far, spiked w so many lost out of towners.

    Boston - cow paths made into roads now overwhelmed, very rude and hostile (and not particularly competent in many cases)

    NJ- most skilled in some ways, greater volume means greater sheer numbers of incompetence and a-holes.

    Boston was the worst.

    Although I did get to use driving skills that would leave jaws dropped and risk a ticket when I did them in Seattle (eg, do a legal U-turn on a major downtown street (4th @ around Madison) and pull forward into a just- vacated parking meter space, with only minor correction needed).

    :idea:dunno
     
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  3. sws1

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    I was hesitant to chime in on the driving topic...BUT, you nailed it exactly with this.
     
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  4. bloozeman1

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    Bruce is Jersey and Jon wishes he could be Bruce.
     
  5. chrisjw5

    chrisjw5 Member

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    It depends on which exit you're talking about.
     
  6. RCM78

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    Mike’s not embellishing at all. The jersey shore is such a great scene! I’m proud to be a part of it!
     
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    I grew up there. I left in 99' becuase of the taxes. Just couldn't get ahead. Bought a house in Florida bigger, half the price, more land and no State Tax.

    That said.. when i was a kid living at home and not worrying about Taxes it was a great place to grow up. I have incredible memories.
     
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  8. Guitar55

    Guitar55 Who was that masked man? Silver Supporting Member

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    South Orange?
     
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    Guitar55 Who was that masked man? Silver Supporting Member

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    Born, raised and lived most of my adulthood in NJ. Great place to grow up. Beautiful beaches and farmlands, great culture being so close to NYC. The cities are in ruin and trying to rebuild slowly. I escaped 3 years ago due to taxes, weather, cost of living and traffic. Great decision, but I miss everyone I left behind.
     
  10. Jon C

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    ...:idea love Bruce and even have a couple of mutual friends/contacts, but no, not me... maybe some other Jon (?) :YinYang
     
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  12. DonaldDemon

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    I'm always amazed at the paradox that this is the state with the worst reputation and most disliked and yet the residents are probably some of the most proud. How many other places are there where it's very common for people have tattoos of their state on them? That's not counting all the pride stickers on cars, the clothing, etc. I think it's weird and don't buy into all that but you see it everywhere here. I've seen so many more NJ tattoos lately it's insane. Maybe Texas is the only other state where that happens?
     
  13. Boris Bubbanov

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    Texas is a good parallel.

    The strange thing is, at least based on what I have seen, New Jersey is crazy diverse, from North to South with a bewildering variety of living settings - I mean, what you see when you look out the window. My first exposure was Vineland, and later I saw Newark, and with each successive environment I went into I was like "WTF?" how could this all be one state? And the NJ music IMO is like that, too. One area is Danny Gatton, another is Hip Hop and another is Klezmer.

    Texas is also a lot more dis-associated from Lufkin to Austin, Paris to Brownsville, than most other states. And the music? The same thing. Which makes it so weird and ironic that there two Multiple Personality States would be so proud of a common Identity that I doubt really exists.
     
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  14. DonaldDemon

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    You are absolutely right on the diversity thing and it is pretty shocking if you were to just drive through the state in several areas. You have the southern kinda feel down south and some areas southwest feel like you are in Alabama, especially all the farmland areas. There’s the mountain towns of the northwest Appalachians which feel more like New England, the urban areas up north by NYC, the coastal shore towns have their own beach vibe going on, the Pine Barrens are an ecosystem totally unique to themselves, etc. I can’t comment much on the music, I only know the scene I roll in for the most part and am kind of oblivious to the rest.
     
  15. DGDGBD

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    They never said they wanted to leave the state.
     
  16. A440

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    What’s interesting is that there’s some division within the State of NJ. North and South are different due to the influences of NY and Philly. Some also debate whether there’s a Central Jersey or not.

    North Jersey guys feel they know how to drive better than anyone else. I’ll keep my opinions to myself. :)

    I just try to get along with everyone!
     
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  17. thewalkingboss

    thewalkingboss Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep. Great town.
     
  18. Scrapperz

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    Ya sure he wasn’t Bosnian?
     
  19. thewalkingboss

    thewalkingboss Silver Supporting Member

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    North and South Jersey are different, but not the way you would think. They are split along what I call the "Taylor Ham/Pork Roll Line". It runs from approximately the Toms River Bridge over to Seaside Heights, diagonally across the state up to about the point where I-78 crosses the Delaware River. North and east, the meat is called Taylor Ham. South and west, it is Pork Roll.
     
  20. Gasp100

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    I grew up in Jersey and much prefer people talking straight and telling you to **** off in front of your face, vs. the dirty South where they greet you with a smile and end their sentences with "have a blessed day" while cursing you behind your back.
    I'm a stranger in a strange land now... weird.
     
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