We come from America’s best kept secret, also sadly known as “The Armpit of America.” Ironically enough, no matter where you are, you have a city, beach, skiing mountains, hiking trails and farms all within an hour of proximity.
It is so beautiful, despite the highways that most out-of-staters are familiar with.
While everyone is making fun of us for not knowing how to fill up our gas tanks and for being associated with Snooki, they are missing out on the best place with even better people.
Telling people you are from New Jersey leads to a multitude of conversations, questions and slights. But no worries; there are always ways to defend ourselves with so many wonderful things about Jersey.
We don’t pump gas.
People hear the saying, “Jersey girls don’t pump gas,” and think we are prissy and dependent. That’s one way to look at it, but not the way we see it.
True, we do not pump our own gas, but this allows for more jobs in our state. So, next time you see a confused girl with Garden State plates struggling at the pump, don’t laugh and ignore her. Help her! She’ll probably throw you a few dollars or buy you a coffee; we are pretty friendly people.
We are from Jersey, not “Joisey.”
We do not have accents. We speak like every other person living in the North East. Yes, there are words we say that probably drive people crazy, but who doesn’t have their own little nuances?
If we have accents, blame it on our relatives from NYC or Philly. If anything, you should be complaining about us talking too much or too quickly, which we simply cannot help.
"Snooki" is not a term of endearment.
"Jersey Shore" jokes were hilarious... about five years ago. There is so much more to our summers than GTL and the Seaside Boardwalk.
We have some of the top-rated beaches in the country, including Spring Lake, Mantoloking, Long Beach Island... and the list goes on. All are free of awful reality television stars, unless "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" decide to make an appearance.
We choose our sports team; they don’t choose us.
It’s nice to be neutral in almost every sport. Not having an MLB, NHL or NFL team strictly for New Jersey allows for freedom of fanhood.
We have mainly Boston, New York and Philly fans to keep things interesting... because who doesn’t love a good rivalry? We are the melting pot for the sports world and wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
So, for Jersey girls interested in sports, we can pick a side. Those who are not can jump on the family bandwagon, root for their dads' and brothers' favorite team, and be part of the tailgate in the MetLife stadium’s parking lot.
We love Bruce.
Every Jersey girl’s dream is to see Bruce Springsteen live.
It is expected that you know all the words to "Rosalita" or "Born to Run." Weddings, funerals, birthdays, holidays -- every occasion is a Bruce occasion.
Shopping is our cardio.
Why, you may ask? No sales tax is the answer. We have the Garden State Plaza, The Short Hills Mall and outlets galore. People come from all over to experience our shopping malls and storefronts throughout the state.
Whether they are international shoppers with rolling suitcases, or fashionistas trying to beat the city rates, they’re loyal to the Garden State sales.
We are foodies; can you blame us?
If you try to argue that girls don’t eat, you obviously haven’t met a Jersey girl. We eat the most ruby red tomatoes and the brightest yellow corn.
If you’ve never had Taylor ham, then you aren’t worth our time. Whether it is a bagel or a hoagie, we have the best of the best. We love pizza, and we drink beer. If you don’t eat like a Jersey girl, then you’re missing out on some of the best cuisine out there.
We are the luckiest girls.
We live in the greatest state, with the greatest places and the greatest people. Others make fun of where we are from, but we will forever be proud.
As Bruce once said,
'Cause nothing matters in this whole wide world when you’re in love with a Jersey girl.
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