Show Your Jersey Love

Jersey LoveA group called Social Media Moms is holding its inaugural retreat this June in Atlantic City. On its website, the group–a collection of tweeting, blogging, social media-utilizing moms–says it chose Atlantic City “to help NJ restore its revenue by showing the world that Sandy may have damaged it, but it is still alive and kicking.”

Today the group is celebrating New Jersey on Twitter with the hashtag #jerseylove. New Jerseyans past and present are taking to Twitter to proclaim their love for all things New Jersey, such as the shore, the pick-your-own farms and the blueberry wine (who knew? I didn’t).

As a five-year resident of New Jersey, I still have not seen much of the state, including the famous shore. But I have found much here to love: the beautiful old towns like Montclair and Maplewood, the fresh corn and tomatoes in summer (and our own lovely farmers’ market), the great parks and recreation areas, the beautiful rolling hills of Hunterdon County, the many interesting characters that populate this state. There is still much more for me to see and learn about Jersey.

How long have you been in New Jersey, and what do you love about it?


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  1. From Clever Commute:

    At this time: 30% (3/10) trains on departure board have status of STAND BY.

    To all you suckers trying to get home: Bwahahahahahaha!

  2. I’ve lived in Jersey my whole life. There’s nothing like a day at the shore or the succulent taste of a Jersey tomato.

  3. Born in Newark 70+ years ago. Lived here all my life. Atlantic City, Barnegat light, summers “down the shore,” football basketball and hockey at the Meadowlands, the old Newark Bears (think Yogi Berra at the fork in the road in Montclair, gotta love him), one of the best hospitals(UMDNJ), easy access to NYC, skiing in the Poconos, only a few hours from Washington, D.C. I could go on but you’re probably bored already.

  4. Jersey blueberries – New Jersey’s official state fruit (not the tomato -it’s the state vegetable even though it is classified as a fruit.

    Makes perfect sense when you realize that the Glen Ridge Country Club is in Bloomfield, Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, Montclair Golf Club is in West orange- and the fact that Grove St. in Bloomfield does not connect to Grove St. in Montclair or Belleville or Newark..

    New Jersey designated highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) as the official state fruit in 2003.

    Quote from New Jersey legislation:

    Whereas, The highbush blueberry is indigenous to New Jersey, where it was first cultivated for commercial production, due to pioneering work by New Jerseyan Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Covile, who in the early 1900’s dedicated themselves to the study, domestication, and breeding of blueberries at Whitesbog, in Browns Mills, New Jersey; and

    Whereas, the cultivation of highbush blueberries in New Jersey served as the basis for an entirely new agricultural industry; and

    Whereas, Blueberries taste good, are good for you, are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, are sodium and cholesterol-free, are low in calories and provide medical and health benefits, including the prevention of cancer and heart disease; and

    Whereas, Blueberries are appreciated around the world, especially in the area of nutrition and the emerging field of nutraceuticals, where blueberries are known for their health benefits and medicinal properties; and

    Whereas, New Jersey ranks second in the nation in blueberry cultivation, producing 21% of the nation’s total, with 38 million pounds grown annually on 8,000 acres, spanning seven counties in central and southern New Jersey; and

    Whereas, New Jersey is widely recognized as the blueberry capital of the nation, and the highbush blueberry, also known as the “New Jersey blueberry,” is the ideal symbol of a delicious, nutritious, and healthful fruit …

    Be it Enacted … the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is designated as the New Jersey State Fruit.

  5. Well, now I know more about blueberries than I ever needed to know.

    But I do appreciate that this state has bigger scumbags for LCN members than most any other state in the union. Otherwise, this is a pretty average sort of place. Even “the shore,” it’s not that great, it’s just that if you grow up here it’s what you know.

    Oh, and we are in fact the home of “Texas wieners,” which seem to be found nowhere else in the Union, at least not by that name . (Other places just call them “chili dogs.”) And we have a dominating governor, who usually infuriates liberals! But otherwise, even our politicians are non-influential on the national scene and distinctly second-rate.

  6. You got 140 characters. There are more than 140 characters in any small pocket of New Jersey. Do the Social Media Moms (most likely a mob-financed money- and clothes-laundering front) not know that Twitter is dead? All they have to do is ask their kids.

  7. Old school LCN’s are often fat and consider warm-up suits high fashion, especially the kind made of velour. The New School crowd are usually thinner (think Tino Fiumara or Philip “Crazy Phil” Leonetti) and more wolfish. In several ways. To put it in musical terms, it’s Jimmy Roselli vs., say, Chicago (a band which famously had some ties to what Feds sometimes refer to in private as “Italians”).

  8. Also, how come no coverage on Baristanet of founder Debbie Galant’s “Hack-a-thon” or whatever up at Montclair State this weekend? I had to read about it in yesterday’s Ledger.

    Is Ms. Galant therefore out of favor on this site?

  9. It’s HackJersey and runs from the 25th to the 27th

    They are blogging on the website

    “Hacking teams are in full-swing working on their hacks.

    Walking past the rooms where the teams are working, you can see men and women talking with their hands and some sternly staring at their computers. They’re doing more than that though. As I walk in, I can immediately feel the energy in the room. It’s inspiring. I can almost hear the wheels turning in people’s heads”

    I certainly hope a Baristanet article comes out of it but it’s a little early in ther action to report anything other than it’s happening

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