8 Unique Things About Living in New Jersey
It may seem like an exaggeration, but New Jersey, like most states, has its own unique culture and customs that bring together people of all backgrounds. Love it or hate it, but New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, so it must be doing something right! Here are 10 things unique to New Jersey that only true New Jerseyans can relate to.
We don’t pump our own gas.
That’s right, New Jersey is one of two states that actually has laws against pumping one’s own gas. Instead, we have gas attendants. The rest of the country might think it’s a nonsensical inconvenience, but it’s something we’re all used to, and honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Not having to get out of your car on a rainy or bitter cold winter day is always a plus; not to mention, it creates jobs, so there are also some economic benefits.
Jughandles actually work, when used correctly.
Ask any New Jerseyan, and they’ll confirm that jughandles are notorious for quickly exposing an out-of-towner. We know they may seem somewhat confusing at first, and they’re not our favorite, but they can actually be pretty practical. For the uninitiated, intersections with jughandles have a far right turning lane from which all turns are made. It can cause some initial confusion for those that must turn right make a left, but they were designed to divert traffic from the main intersection, so it helps to cut down on traffic.
Diners are a huge thing here.
If you’ve just moved to the area, we recommend you find yourself a go-to diner. Pretty much everyone here has one, and will frequent it for the best breakfast foods in town. We may not get our coffee from here too regularly (we have Dunkin for that), but where else can you get a thanksgiving dinner at any time of day, any time of the year? If you’re stuck on where to go, check out these state-wide favorites. Some of the best diners in the state are Tops Diner, the Americana Diner, and Skylark Diner & Lounge. You’re welcome.
WaWa is everywhere, and it’s amazing.
Of course, when we’re in a rush, WaWa is our staple for foods on the go. Nothing beats the convenience, taste, and price of pretty much anything from WaWa. Whether it’s a custom-made club sandwich, hot cup of soup, or fresh baked sweets, you can bet it’s gonna be good, and we’re gonna be there.
Some of the lowest taxes in the country?
Another thing we’re really grateful for is the fact that we actually have some of the lowest taxes in the country, or at least, when it comes to gas, clothing, and groceries. Nothing to complain about there.
Drivers, beware: bumper to bumper traffic ahead.
Admittedly, not everything about the state of New Jersey is a point of pride; living in the most populated state per capita definitely has its drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is the insane amount of traffic that you will inevitably experience no matter where you’re headed. According to an online article by NJ Monthly, the New York metropolitan area, which includes New Jersey, is the fifth most-congested area in the United States, only behind Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin. Bottom line: sure, it’s cool living within driving distance to one of the country’s most exciting metropolitan areas, but the traffic there is God awful.
Central Jersey may or may not exist.
To the untrained eye, New Jersey looks like a single state partitioned into dozens of counties. To us, it’s actually divided into two (or three) distinct sections: North, South, and Central Jersey. Each region is characterized in its own way, and we can identify a person’s general stereotype by which exit off the parkway they live. North and South Jerseyans still believe Central Jersey is somewhat of a myth, but it’s there.
Fame runs in our blood
Believe it or not, before the mid 2010’s when MTV’s Jersey Shore tainted our image, Jersey was known as the birthplace of stars Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Nicholson, and Whitney Houston. Take that, Snooki!