One of the weird by-products of Sandy was the ability to talk to insurance workers, utility workers and many other people who came to New Jersey from out of state to help us. I got to hear first hand from many out of staters how surprised they were about how nice we are here in the Garden State.

It doesn't hit home how strong the Jersey stereotypes are until you hear them from real people who are really shocked that we are really nice. That's kind of sad when you think about it. We have become so used to all the jokes that we don't think too much about it. But some real damage is being done.

I get the impression that lots of people actually believe the junk Hollywood throws at them about the Garden State. How sad is it that people actually have to come here to change their mind about us. And how sad is it that it takes a tragedy like Sandy to get people to see who we really are.