10 Things New Jersey Natives Miss About New Jersey When They Leave

10 Things New Jersey Natives Miss About New Jersey When They Leave

It may be the most hated state in the nation, but it's the dearest in my heart.

Usually when I tell people I'm from New Jersey, I get bombarded with a series of mindless questions:

"Is it true that you don't pump your own gas?"
"Do you guys really say 'New Joisey'?"
"What's your exit number?"

In the eyes of the rest of the world, we New Jerseyans seem to originate from some sort of extraterrestrial race.

However, not all of us are composed of fist-pumping guidos/guidettes who clearly can't handle their alcohol intake.

We're just New Jersyans. We eat, sleep, and drink a ton of Dunkin just like the rest of "yous."

Jersey Shore House- Seaside Heights, NJ

It recently has come to my attention that it been two years since I lived in the great Garden State, and I believe I'm starting to experience some sort of "Jersey withdraw".

I know. I sound absolutely insane.

Who could ever miss the state that gave birth to the notorious Jersey seven? In other words, Snooki, Vinny, Sammi Sweetheart, Jwow, Ron, Pauly D, and The Situation.

Even though the water in our shores are bluish-green and "The Sopranos" ended in 2007, there are still a ton of wonderful things that I left behind in New Jersey. Many of which I am going to attempt to identify while listening to Frank Sinatra and skimming through episodes of Cake Boss.

Seaside Heights, NJ

1. New Jersey bagels are the bomb.

In Jersey, we know that bagels are much more than a piece of bread with a hole in it. That's why there is no other place in the United States of America that can compete with our bagels. We have the best tasting and looking bagels in the nation.

2. Diners are better than any restaurant.

Where else can you get a coffee and a plate of disco fries at 3 A.M.?

We have 525 diners in the state of New Jersey. If you're ever lost just pull up Siri and ask for the nearest diner. They are everywhere and they serve EVERYTHING.

3. Dunkin is love, Dunkin is life.

The ratio of Dunkin Donuts to people in New Jersey almost exceeds our ratio of people to square mile.

In other words, Dunkin is a drug and it shall be taken 3 times a day.

4. Our style.

In Jersey, we know how to rock that 'street style'. Military jackets, Adidas sneakers, Timberlands, and ridiculous non-official jerseys from Against All Odds are our go-to fashion pieces.

5. Weekend trips to NYC.

You're turning 18? Let's go to the city.

Spongebob is on Broadway? Let's go to the city.

Harry Styles is on Good Morning America? Let's go to the city.

Want to go see the Rockefeller tree? Eh, I've seen it 1,000 times, but I guess.

Let's just say that we definitely utilize the fact that we live so close to one of the greatest cities in the world.

6. "Going down the shore."

The Jersey shore is where it's at. Where else can you find boardwalks that span up to 5.5 miles long?

7. Full-service gas stations.

I am so grateful that I never once had to get out of my car to pump my own gas. I just tell the nice man at the gas station that I want a '20 regular' and he takes care of the rest.

8. Our sense of humor.

Ever since I moved out of Jersey, I noticed that my 'outsider' friends didn't understand my jokes. We have this smart and snarky sense of humor that other people outside of Jersey will never comprehend.

9. Weird Weather.

In Jersey, the weather is like a game of dice. We never know what season we're going to get.

10. Cursing ALL THE TIME.

If I had a dollar for everytime someone says "mother fucker" in NJ, I'd be filthy rich. Cursing is just a part of our daily vocab. Outsiders just have to "fucking" deal with it.


...maybe we are a separate breed of human beings.

What's so bad about that?

We're a state filled with diversity, long shorelines, and five-star diners.

We're a state packed with amazing people who, depending on their mood, can be both kind and hilariously unkind.

We may never admit it, but New Jersey raised us and there's no other place we'd rather be.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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8 Reasons Your Boyfriend's Best Friend's Girl Is Sure To Be Your Best Friend, Too

They grew up together, so chances are their behavior partners are pretty similar.


His best friends girl, but realistically, she is your new best friend.

Between the double dates and sharing hilarious "He did this.." stories, you start to grow an intimate relationship together.

1. Chances Are The Dumb Things He Is Doing, Her Guy Is Doing The Same Thing

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Just like we have similar traits like our best friends, so do guys. Chances are your boy and hers have similar traits. Whether that be the good, the bad or the inside jokes from their high school life that you will never seem to understand. She has your back and can be that person you can rely on to talk to. You both may not be able to understand why your boys do certain things, but at least you have sometime who can understand what you are going through.

2. She Is The Perfect Person To Share A Glass Of Wine, As The Boys Enter Their Fourth Round Of League Of Legends

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When the boys start nerding out for the four hour in a row over their video games, she is your girl to pop open the bottle of whine. You two can catch up on your girl talk and have someone to talk to. Since chances are, neither one of you understand their obsession.

3. She Understands Your Confusion When They Start Talking In Code

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They say girls talk in code...well this whole boy lingo is just as confusing. Between their inside jokes from high school and endless references to some famous night from Junior year, you two can exchange looks of confusion as you try for the hundredth time to understand what they are talking about.

4. She Is Your Bathroom Buddy On Double Dates

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Whether it be a lip gloss exchange, or needing an emergency tampon, she always got your back. Going to our boys homes can always be frustrating when we need a female products but they most likely do not have any in store. With her, you always got a lil extra girl power around you to help you out. As well as, always having someone to disappear to in the bathroom if the boys become too much to handle.

5. A Little Something Called Girl Code

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Boys suck...not always but sometimes, lets be realistic relationships are a hard, hot piece of mess. When things go south you always can turn to her to rant or have someone defend you.

6. She Understands Your Frustration Over The Little Things, Cause Girl Same

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Did he ever....

Yes, girl. Every. Time.

7. She Knows Your Guy Just As Well

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Between the double dates and all the times your boys talk about each other, you start to understand the way each one of them act. You always can talk to each other easily about what they do, because they will start to know them just as well.

8. Two Peas In A Dating Pool

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Just like our boys are two in a pod, changes are they share similar interest in girls. Making his girlfriend your twin and your new partner in crime on your double dates.

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