5 New Jersey Obsessions That Have To Be Explained To Outsiders
If you're from the Garden State, then you already know that there's plenty that sets us apart from everywhere else. It's not that we think our poo doesn't stink, it's just that there are so many funny Jersey-specific things that nobody else has experienced or would understand.
Since so many people flock to Jersey to experience our beautiful beaches every year, it's no surprise that they need some clarification upon hearing some quirky fun facts about the Garden State. With that being said, who are we to not try to help clear some of that up?
Face it, we do have some pretty funny obsessions here.
1.) Hoagies vs. Subs
It can get confusing for out-of-staters to know whether or not they should be ordering a "hoagie" or a "sub". Depending on what part of New Jersey they're visiting, a hoagie and a sub are the exact same thing. Outsiders have to hear the story about why some people call them "hoagies." They also need a dividing line so they know what word to use and where.
While we're on the topic of food, you can try your best to explain why New Jersey loves Wawa so much, but it's best to just take them to one. They'll get it once they experience it. Make sure you get them a soft pretzel!
Why does Jersey have so many jughandles? Honestly, we don't know. All we know is that the NJ powers-that-be hate left turns for some reason.
4.) Love of Pork Roll
Besides the areas right outside of Philly, Jersey really is the one place where you'll hear about pork roll all day every day. Pork roll and scrapple are the preferred breakfast meats here. Do a good deed and get the next out-of-towner you meet a pork roll, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. They'll understand the obsession once they taste one.
5.) Shore vs. Beach
Have you ever noticed that some Jersey residents say they're "going down the shore" while other say they're "going to the beach?" So, you may have to elaborate the reason for that. The "shore" is the region of the state where the beach is. Once you're at "shore," you go to the "beach."
I'm sure there are PLENTY more where that came from, but at least attempt to clear up those five the next time you host out-of-towners.