These 15 Rare Photos Of New Jersey In The 1980s Will Mesmerize You

The 1980s were definitely something special in New Jersey. There was good (Brendan Byrne Arena, later known as Continental Airlines Arena and later still, the Izod Center, opened with a series of 6 concerts by Bruce Springsteen) and there was bad (the syringe tide), but we made the best of things. Here are some photos from the decade to jog your memory.

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The little girl in the last shot? That’s me, with a bad case of hat hair. I loved growing up in New Jersey in the ’80s and beyond. What’s your favorite Garden State memory? For more nostalgic photos of New Jersey, check out these gems from the 1970s.