15 Things That Only New Jerseyans Understand

15 Things That Only New Jerseyans Understand

Sometimes all it takes is to be from New Jersey, no one else will understand like we do.

New Jersey is my home and will forever be my favorite place in the world.

1. Diners, Diners and More Diners

They are open all day, everyday; we are the Diner Capital of the World.

2. Taylor Ham

New Jersey is the only state where Taylor Ham is served; you cannot find it anywhere else. And no, it is not a pork roll, it will forever be Taylor Ham.

3. Bagels

After you leave NJ, you can never find a real bagel; nothing is the same as the perfectly made Jersey Bagels.

4. We have full access to NYC, but don’t have to live there

Why pay NYC prices when you can live in NJ and spend just as much time there? Many New Jerseyans commute to NYC daily for work anyway.

5. The Streets in Monopoly are named after Atlantic City

Most children have played Monopoly at some point in their life but I bet most people don’t realize that their beloved game is named from the streets of the famous Atlantic City.

6. The Jersey Shore

The beaches, the boardwalks, and casinos in Atlantic City are the greatest place on Earth. Also, it is not going to the beach, it is "going down the shore", and will always be. No not every person in New Jersey are like the members of the Jersey Shore Cast.

7. Celebrities

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon.

8. Leaving The State and not knowing how to pump gas

As a young girl, it is nice to not have to ever worry about getting out of my car and pumping my own gas thanks to those wonderful gas attendants.

1. I don't know how to

2. I don't want to

3. Why would anyone want to do this?

4. What if it’s hot, cold, raining, snowing?

9. Jersey drivers are the best

You don’t know a bad driver till you get behind a NY driver in the fast lane on the TPK going 60 M.P.H.; Jersey drivers always have somewhere to be so drive like they’re always in a rush.

10. Wawa

The best of everything, all in one convenience store; has delicious sandwiches, food for every occasion and more drinks and snacks than you can imagine.

11. Great Adventure or Six Flags?

The ultimate theme park is Great Adventure in NJ, which holds the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Every other 6 Flags refers to itself as 6 Flags, but all New Jerseyans call it by its real and only name, Great Adventure.

12. Steaks Unlimited at Seaside

Every delicious, fatty food you could ever imagine that you just cannot get enough of [especially those cheese balls].

13. We don’t understand why people in other states are so nice

When we visit family or other states, we cannot seem to figure out the kindness that other people show compared to New Jerseyans

14. Weird New Jersey/ Jersey Devil Search

People have been visiting the places where Weird New Jersey takes place to find these ‘weird’ sightings, while people have been desperately searching for the Jersey Devil for years [we even have a hockey team names after it].

15. You define where you live based on either the TPK [NJ Turnpike] or GSP [Garden State Parkway]

It is always easier to explain where in NJ you live based off of these two major highways. Personally, I will always define my hometown [Kearny] as exit 15W off the TPK, or 145 off the GSP.

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Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

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6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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