It’s no secret that New Jersey is one of the most stereotyped states in the county. These stereotypes have certainly caused people in different states to say and ask some crazy things. Here are just a few of the most …interesting things people have said to me when they found out I call the Garden State home.

  • 1

    “Wow. You’re not tan.”

    First off – OUCH. Thank you for pointing that out. Second, not everyone in the state goes to a tanning salon, or hangs out in the sun 24/7. Though it’s nice to live near beaches, it doesn’t mean I don’t have all the free time in the world to bask in the sun (though I wish I did).

  • 2


    This comment is usually followed by people asking me to say a variety of words like coffee and water. This goes on for an uncomfortably long time. It’s the worst. Please do not do this to anyone…no matter where they’re from.

  • 3

    “Do you go out clubbing and fist pump every night?”

    No. Sadly, my life is not that exciting. Plus, there is so much more to Jersey than night clubs – beautiful parks, small towns, beaches, festivals…I’d probably choose those over clubbing in most cases.

  • 4

    “What do you think of your Governor?”

    Oh boy. The first problem with this, is I feel totally uncomfortable discussing politics with a complete stranger. Second, there’s no way this conversation can end well…given the multiple times the Governor has represented our state in a less than favorable light.

  • 5

    “You’re a lot nicer than I expected someone from Jersey to be.”

    Here’s the thing – there are nice people and there are jerks in every state you travel to. Jersey tends to have a reputation for being home to mean people because of how fast paced we are. I promise, we are not all like that. Some of the best people I know call New Jersey home!

  • 6

    “Are you friends with the people from Jersey Shore?”

    This comment is always followed by a bunch of quotes from the show. Then the awkward moment happens where I have to explain that I’ve never met any of them – or watched a single episode of the show.

  • 7

    “You’re from Jersey? I’m sorry”

    Thanks? I’m sure not sorry. Even though being from Jersey can come with some negative stereotypes, the great things about the state outweigh the bad. We have some of the best food, beaches, and other places to see in the country. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no other place I’d rather be from.

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