New Jersey has approximately 39,000 miles of roads and with 9.3 million people living in the state, traffic jams happen. Often.

Of course, that does not include people driving through the Garden State.

We are, obviously, right in the middle of an extremely busy part of the country.

And with all of those people trying to get from A to B and B to A, traffic jams happen in all corners of the state at all hours of the day.

Welcome to New Jersey: buckle up, get the hell out of the left lane, don't even think of pumping your own gas, make sure your EZ-Pass has money on it, and get ready to sit in traffic.

Keep Right Pass Left sign from the Atlantic City Expressway to the Garden State Parkway - Photo: Google Maps
Keep Right Pass Left sign from the Atlantic City Expressway to the Garden State Parkway - Photo: Google Maps
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Commuters in New Jersey

According to a Census report at the end of 2022 that was published by NJ.com,

  • NJ residents rank third worst for commute times in the country -- only New York and Maryland are worse
  • The average commute time in the Garden State was 28.6 minutes in 2021
  • New Jersey has the most congested section of highway in the country: I-95 where it meets Route 4 in Fort Lee

New Jersey Drivers Sound-off

I recently stumbled upon a conversation on a Jersey-oriented Facebook page where people were talking about the worst roads in the state and it was quite interesting.

The usual cast of characters was certainly mentioned, including the Turnpike and Parkway, but some surprises also made the discussion.

Below are the 12 most hated roads in New Jersey as voted by Jersey drivers who live in New Jersey.

Traffic Jam on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton Township
Traffic Jam on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton Township / Chris Coleman/Townsquare Media
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These are the roads that raise your blood pressure even just mentioning them, let alone trying to navigate them at rush hour...

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Gallery Credit: Chris Coleman

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