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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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