Dirty Jersey….Really?

As the founder of NJGreats, Im getting a little tired of the term “Dirty Jersey”. Whether is is the location of Newark’s Liberty International Airport, the inane line up of reality show “stars” that have earned that title, I am not quite sure. However, I have spent the last year compiling some wonderful facts about New Jersey. They are tweeted as NJ Fun Facts and the following are just a few “gems”;

While New Jersey maybe statistically the most densely populated state in the nation, 40% of the state is forest land, 800,000 acres of farmland and there are over 800 lakes and ponds and 117 wildlife management areas.

Wildwood boardwalk is home of The Great White, one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters on the East Coast.

photo credits Laura Scarpa Toombs author Beach Rules
Essex County’s nick name is Cherry Blossom Land. There are more cherry blossoms there, than in the tidal basin of Washington DC.

Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands is the highest coastal peak on the Atlantic Seaboard.

Dey Mansion in Wayne served as George Washington’s military headquarters during the American Revolution.

America’s first ever recorded baseball game was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken on June 19, 1846.

Whitesbog Village is a restored 19th century agricultural village that dates back to the 1800s and still harvests blueberries and cranberries.

Henry Hudson
sailed is “Half Moon” in to Sandy Hook Bay in 1609.

New Jersey has so much more to offer. Diversity from sandy shores to historic mountain tops. Stay tuned to hear more about this place I call home, some call, The Garden State, and sadly some refer to as Dirty Jersey.

Source New Jersey; An Explorers Guide Copyright 2010
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7 Responses to Dirty Jersey….Really?

  1. New Jersey is a diverse and awesome state! As a mobile DJ, I travel all over the Garden State. From the beautiful farmland of Hunterdon County, to the pristine Jersey Shore, to the historic Trenton/Princeton area – I love it all!

  2. Kaye Francis says:

    Good for you! There’s so much American or USA history of my youth that was never taught about each individual state. Certainly the recent prominence of ‘pop culture’ especially those badly behaved reality tv shows have done no favors as to the perception of what New Jersey truly is to those of us who don’t live there or have never had the opportunity to visit there. You included some great information and great links to go along with. I’m very tickled you have better increased my understanding of why The Garden State is just that. Great job. Keep up the good work. I’m your friend @grammakaye on twitter.

    • admin says:

      Thank you Kaye. You hit it on the head. The perception is so different from the reality here in NJ. I am glad you appreciate the truth. Honored to call you my friend.

  3. Irene says:

    I so agree! It’s too bad that the first thing visitors see when they land at Newark or even JFK or Laguardia is the ports and refineries along the Turnpike. And they immediately think the entire state is like that. One must travel north, west and south! It’s always a bit “dirty” around the airports.

  4. Robert says:

    Maybe “Dirty Jersey” will become synonomos with the likes of Greenland and Iceland. Greenland is a big arctic waste and Iceland is actually fairly green. They were deliberately misnamed by people that wanted to have Iceland to themselves. Maybe New Jersey locals should encourage the use of “Dirty Jersey” to keep others out so they can enjoy the greatness of Jersey to themselves.