For me, I was born in Paterson and grew up in neighboring Clifton before moving to Florida. Parkway exit-wise, I was born near 155P, grew up a few years near 154, and grew up again near 155P until my move to Tampa Bay.
So, where in New Jersey (North, South, or even Central) do you live? If it matters to your residence current or former, which exit?
Exit 159 on the GSP. Saddle River Township which later became Saddle Brook. Jersey people are very cool. Not to be confused with the trash on Jersey Shore. I remember the shore when you could walk out on the jettys and pick mussels, drop crab cages into the water from Interstate Park, when saltwater taffy was made right there before your eyes on the boardwalk (now you can buy a bag of taffy in Atlantic City and it's made in Tennessee). I remember penny arcades, pre-interstate 80, and actually being able to be 'under the boardwalk'. I remember the first enclosed mall, The Garden State Plaza, locally known as the Plaza, when it was not enclosed. I remember zeppolis with powdered sugar, 10cent toll boothes on the GSP, and free beaches. That's right kids, you could actually play ball on the beach, bring your dog, and play a radio.
Yes, you remind me that New Jersey is called the Garden Sate. Even up here in Ontario, you see Garden State number plates from time to time; they always seems to be clear and legible (unlike some number plates).
I suppose in some ways, though accurate, the term Garden State is slightly a misnomer, because people sort of extrapolate that it's all flat, with market gardens, whereas some of the state is mountainous, as I discovered.
Technically I wasn't resident, but I stayed in Parsippany, NJ, which is very near Patterson. I was interested to see the Manhattan traffic flooding to and fro on the Interstate; I can't remember whether it was I-81 or I-80.
Actually, New Jersey impressed me in unusual ways: it's a lot more mountainous than I has realized.
I'm sure you'll find an amazing number of former (and current) New Jersites (New Jersians?) here on HubPages. I was born in Hunterdon County and lived out in the country through my growing up years. Since I went to high school in Flemington, I have a lot of good memories of life in the 50's and 60's in central NJ. Moved away long, long ago, though.
Hunterdon County: This is some way south of the Delaware Water Gap, right?
It really is breathtakingly scenic around there. Some of what I saw of NJ was strikingly attractive.
Yes, it is south of the Water Gap. Even though it has developed considerably since I lived there, New Jersey has some beautiful scenery, and Hunterdon County is still a very beautiful place with rolling hills and prettyf farmland.
Yes, I'm sure. Seems to me that, for all its identification with the Shore, the state is actually a very varied place geographically, and historically. One day I'd like to visit Princeton, and nearby Drumthwacket, where the Governor's Mansion is.
The bright, New Jersey state flag, too, is among the most beautiful of all the state flags, I think (almost as impressive as Maryland's!).
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