There's Something About a Jersey Boy

November 13, 2014 3:31 PM

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I spent the first 8.5 years of my life in New Jersey. It's where I learned to walk, talk and shit - which is more or less how many outsiders view The Garden State. To them, Jersey is the smelly armpit of New York, where waste management occurs, where the Jersey Shore is a bad MTV joke and the Governor is a bit too large for life. For those of us who grew up there, we know differently. First of all, there's North Jersey, Central Jersey, South Jersey (where I'm from) and the Shore. Take it from an original Jersey boy -- it matters what exit, and do you get NY or Philly TV stations? Aside from our territorial divide, us natives proudly carry a brazen badge of collective honor that's quite different than the torch raised by the alumni from other states.

As Bruce Springsteen so matter-of-factly sings in Born to Run, the state's official theme song, we're "pulling out of here to win." We're a bunch of small-town overachievers, fighters and dreamers. Yes, we've got The Boss leading us to The Promised Land -- but, also riding out with us are 'Ole Blue ...

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