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New Jersey isn't so bad: Here's why

Whether you think of New Jersey as another New York suburb or a whole other world, there’s no denying that a strangely fierce state rivalry exists between the two.

”New Jersey smells weird,” you might say. “And it all looks dilapidated and abandoned.” Admittedly, the towns near to New York are very urban and industrial, and that weird smell might be coming from refineries or the Newark airport or something much more nefarious. But get outside of this zone and you’ll find trees, farmland, beaches and things that give credit to “the garden state” moniker.

Diners

Considered to be the
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Considered to be the "diner capital of the world," the word "diner" in New Jersey is a heck of a lot different than "diner" in any other part of the country. The menus could be novellas, they're so long, and the offerings tend to be insanely diverse.

Famous people

The state can claim more than a few
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The state can claim more than a few celebrities as its own, including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Martha Stewart, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Aaron Burr and many more.

The view

The grass is always greener on the other
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The grass is always greener on the other side, right? In this case, the grass might well be greener where you're standing in New Jersey, with an amazing view of the New York skyline. Sometimes you need a little distance to get the best view.

Gas stations

You don't have to pump your own gas
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You don't have to pump your own gas in New Jersey, which might not seem like much, but it's a blessing in the hottest and coldest months of the year when you get to stay in your temperature-controlled car while someone else does the work.

The Jersey Shore

No, not the MTV show. The Jersey Shore
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No, not the MTV show. The Jersey Shore covers over 130 miles of oceanfront, famous for its amusement parks, boardwalks and arcades. Whether you prefer Point Pleasant, Cape May or any of the other beaches along the shoreline, you'll find both locals and out-of-towners taking advantage of the area's natural resources.

The population

It's the most densely populated state in the
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It's the most densely populated state in the country, so that means quite a few people want to live there, despite all of its supposed shortcomings. It's the fourth smallest state, but boasts a population of close to 9 million.

Small towns

You can look to New Jersey for some
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You can look to New Jersey for some real small-town charm. Drive (or walk!) down Main Streets lined with American flags, stop into local diners and pop into a shop or two. Hundreds of small towns call New Jersey home, so take your pick!

The Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty is halfway in New Jersey's backyard,
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Lady Liberty is halfway in New Jersey's backyard, too. You can view her from afar at Liberty State Park or hop onto one of the ferries leaving from Jersey City.

Princeton

Home to an ivy league institution, Princeton is
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Home to an ivy league institution, Princeton is a bustling New Jersey town that many have called home. Take a tour through the Princeton University campus, eat some Thomas Sweet ice cream with blend-ins on Nassau Street, or stop into some of the local shops.

Jughandles

Do you hate turning left? Whoever invented these
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Do you hate turning left? Whoever invented these probably did too. Are they necessary? Not really? Are they fun? Sometimes! Strangely named and probably modeled off your gallon of milk, jughandles eliminate left turns from your quick jaunt to the grocery store.

NJ Transit

If, after everything, you still want to get
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If, after everything, you still want to get away, it's pretty easy to do so with NJ Transit's buses and trains, which can take you to New York or Pennsylvania throughout the day from pretty much anywhere in the state.

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