Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Reflections on New Jersey



I am ambivalent about New Jersey. As a state, it has been responsible for some of the more odious people in our country's history. Not necessarily the most evil, but the most odious. From its insanely corrupt political scene, including the entirety of its supreme court, to the accents to the post-industrial blight to the drama queenitude of its bloggers, New Jersey has long been the "Me First State". On the other hand, I rather enjoyed living there. It can be surprisingly beautiful (the Great Swamp is especially nice). Three of my best friends live there. A truly wonderful mystery series is set there. And it is responsible for one of my favourite quotes.

So what about New Jersey that makes it 66% evil and nasty and 34% delightful?

3 comments:

Andrew said...

I never heard the phrase "there ought to be a law" as often anywhere as in New Jersey! And that's EXACTLY what the problem is! They look at every imperfection as something for someone ELSE to fix!

Perpetua said...

So, Matthew, are you the one with the long blond hair and the red cape, and new Jersey is in the black boots?

Matthew said...

oh boy, I am so not answering that one.....