America hates us. They hate us more than they hate Massachusetts, Alaska, Oregon, Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi or Iowa. They hate us even more than they hate New York. (Recently, one guy even burned our flag.) In fact, according to a recent poll, Americans view New Jersey more negatively than they view any other state but California (a double blow for this writer, who grew up in the Golden State).
I can think of reasons to not like New Jersey—outrageously high property taxes, Snooki and Pauly D (who aren’t even from New Jersey but will be forever associated with our state), the seemingly endless strip malls that line every route from here to the state line. But those of us who live here also know its many charms. Those who don’t, well, apparently don’t.
Still, I’m not going to get all defensive and start listing all the great things about this state. But I do have to wonder about these 3,300 people who were polled. They chose Hawaii as the most beloved state (I get that) followed by Colorado (I get that, too). But third and fourth were Tennessee and South Dakota. Huh?
There’s nothing wrong with either of these states, as far as I know, but they don’t generally rank high on the list of, well, anything.
So why do you think others view New Jersey so negatively? Do we deserve it, or not? Tell us in the comments below. And to see the full poll, including the demographic breakdown (example: women like New York more than men do), click here.
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