16. No one says New "Joisey"
Not a single person.
17. Living off a highway exit is totally normal
Don't be bewildered if you ask a New Jersey resident where they live and you do not get an answer in the form of a county, city, or street name, but instead, just "off Exit 105". It's also acceptable to provide an exit off the turnpike if more applicable.
18. You can't overestimate how much we actually like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi
In case you’ve never actually met someone from NJ, these guys are both from here, and we like to talk about it, A LOT. Chances of them not being played once on a night out = zero. Concerts for either musician are great anywhere but you have to do one in NJ. You could very easily end up on the lawn in between a 60-year-old lawyer and a 23-year-old college student who are both singing along in unison.
19. Respect the jughandle
U-turns and left/right-hand turn lanes are simply nonexistent in some parts of the state. Get over it. If you miss your turn there’s another jughandle up ahead.
20. NJ Strong is no joke
You may have seen these bumper stickers before and laughed, but the fact of the matter is, only the strong survive in NJ. We may not always get along with each other, and there’s no shortage of characters throughout the state, but we rally together when we need to, and we look good while doing it.
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Sean Johnson is a freelance writer who has written for media outlets such as Yahoo! Sports & NFL.com. He enjoys IPAs and baseball, preferably when paired together. His prized possession is his Jobu, which he attributes to helping the Phillies win the 2008 World Series. Follow him on Twitter.
This story was originally published on 10/20/2014.