We’re not the only folks less than thrilled with the five finalists for state slogans. From the New York Times, the choices are garnering a lukewarm response…
Nonetheless, New Jerseyans seemed to have an easier time finding punch lines for the five slogans than deciding on a winner, which they can do by phone at (609) 984-9893 or online at www.nj.gov/slogan. In interviews, many said that the finalists – picked by the governor from a pool of 100 semifinalists chosen from nearly 8,000 submissions – were bland and in need of a few local amendments.
In downtown Newark, China Simmons, 19, a student at Essex County College, and her grandmother, Linda Woodley, 54, made jokes about "New Jersey: The Best Kept Secret." They worried about what might be hidden, especially in a state where one of the most powerful political fund-raisers, Charles Kushner, pleaded guilty to witness tampering, tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions in connection with a scheme to videotape a New York prostitute he hired to seduce his brother-in-law.
"Anything that’s a secret is probably bad," Ms. Simmons said, standing in the cold outside a Conway.
"It’s like our gay governor," said Ms. Woodley, referring to James E. McGreevey, who declared himself a "gay American" last summer. "I don’t have a problem with his being gay, but it sure was a New Jersey secret
In a few days, we’ll know if the Baristanet pick (by poll), "Come See For Yourself" takes it.