You can forget about what the late night shows and stand up comedians say. New Jersey is not even close to being the rudest state in America. Not even close.

I have to level with you. When I came across this information, I couldn't help being a little disappointed. Yes, disappointed. I guess it had to do with the fact that we never top any lists, so we should at least top the lists we expect to, right?

Well it turns out we knew not to buy into the bad hype about the Garden State, and apparently the rest of the country is catching up. We are not the rudest state in the nation, according to BestLife. We are the 14th rudest state.

Let's break it down for you, and even though I am happy to see our ranking, one of the pieces of data that led to the ranking just doesn't sit well with me. Our "percentage of rude drivers" is 3.6%. Wait. What?

Maybe I'm driving in the wrong part of the Parkway or something, but am I supposed to believe that 96 out of 100 drivers in New Jersey are not rude. Sorry. That just can't be right, can it? Am I understanding that wrong or something?

The research does say we are the 5th unfriendliest state. That doesn't surprise me. We do have a certain way about us that may be perceived as rude. It probably isn't exactly rude, but it's hard to argue that that's how it looks.

And the ranking that really kept us out of the top 10 on this list is that we have the 35th rudest customers in the land. And most of them usually get on line in front of me.

So congratulations New Jersey for being rude, but not the rudest in the nation. That sounds right. Rude enough to keep the Jersey jokes coming, but not so rude we top the list. Good work everyone!

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