Maybe I'm only saying this because I've lived here my whole entire life, but New Jersey is the best state. And if you also live in Jersey, you totally understand why — it's sort of the general consensus around here.
The thing is, those of us that are from New Jersey are allowed to diss it. We're born and raised here and we've earned the right to do so. But the moment someone from out of town says something bad about it, back up and be prepared to take the heat.
Truthfully, there's no other state that's like Jersey. We have three regions — North, Central (yes, it exists), and South. Each region seems like a different planet; I'm from Central Jersey and on behalf of the whole state, I can tell you we have the people, beaches, and diners on the East Coast.
Speaking of food, there's nothing like our pizza and bagels. And pork roll? Heavenly.
Although we're a small state, we make up for it with a pretty big population. And some of the best talents come from Jersey — from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Cruise, all the way to Halsey and the Jonas Brothers.
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We're in the perfect location, being right next to New York, Philadelphia, and having so many beaches to choose from.
Sure, we get a pretty bad rep- especially when Jersey Shore came out (FYI, the majority of them are bennies from New York that enjoy our beaches). We get made fun of for "having accents" and "being the armpit of America." But none of that matters to us.
To top it all off, we don't pump our own gas. "Fill it up, $20 regular, please."
No matter where I go in the future, New Jersey will always be my home and I wouldn't have it any other way.