Life in the Garden State is certainly unique; we’re diverse, densely packed and truly have it all. We move at a faster pace, especially on the highway, but do know how to slow down and enjoy all we offer. Though our state isn’t SO different from the rest, there are definitely a few things you won’t be used to. Here are 10 things you learn quickly when you move to New Jersey.
1. You'll learn not to leave the house during rush hour whenever possible.
Rush hour is actually several hours and it's for commuting to and from work, not running out to shop or grab groceries.
2. And you'll learn that the one hour drive to the shore takes two hours in the summer.
The Parkway gets backed up for miles.
3. But it's worth it because our beaches are the best!
Our water is cleaner and warmer than California beaches in the summer.
4. You'll learn that we're called the Garden State for a reason.
We're top national producers of everything from cranberries to tomatoes. We've also got over 700,000 acres of farmland.
5. And you'll learn that we're not all cities, airports and highways.
We've got mountains, forests, pinelands and charming small towns.
6. You'll learn a lot about good food.
In addition to amazing ethnic cuisines, we've got the best pizza, bagels and hot dogs around.
7. And you'll learn all about the joys of pork roll.
Or should I say taylor ham? And, oh, the arguments it causes.
8. And you'll learn a lot about good music.
Our music scene is pretty spectacular. We've got endless venues from the Stone Pony to the PNC Bank Arts Center and the best musicians from Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi to Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston.
9. You may learn a little bit about road rage.
The good old Jersey salute.
10. But, perhaps most of all, you'll learn how much we support each other.
When disaster strikes, you can rely on your neighbors. In Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy, those with power helped those without, setting up charging stations.