Yesterday I had the unfortunate experience of having to drive a good stretch along route 287 in New Jersey. I have often said that this road is God’s punishment for anything anyone in New Jersey has ever done wrong.

I’ve almost never been on that road when there has not been some sort of accident or calamity or slow down and if it’s not happening the way I’m going, it’s happening the opposite way.

I’ve always called this road the worst of New Jersey and avoided at all costs.

However, there are people who drive on other roads more frequently who can’t relate to my dilemma.

When we asked our listeners, what the worst roads in New Jersey were, they had a much different opinion than I.

New Jersey is known for many things, but unfortunately, its roads are not among them. In fact, many residents and visitors alike would likely agree that the Garden State has some of the worst roads in the country.

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One of the major reasons for this is the state's high traffic volume. With its location near New York City and its proximity to several major highways, New Jersey's roads are heavily congested, leading to a high rate of accidents and wear and tear on the roads themselves.

Another issue is the state's harsh winters, which can cause significant damage to the roads.

From potholes to crumbling asphalt, the cold weather takes a heavy toll on New Jersey's roads, and the state's limited budget for road maintenance only exacerbates the problem.

Our listeners always dub one of the worst roads in the state Route 1. Or perhaps THE worst. This road is infamous for its heavy traffic, frequent accidents, and congestion. The parkway and the turnpike get their share of complaints too, but route one always wins the day.

Let’s not fool ourselves, many of New Jersey's local roads are also in poor condition. From crumbling sidewalks to pot-holed streets, many of the state's roads are in need of urgent repair.

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Despite these challenges, at least we’re always making efforts to improve. For example, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is working on several projects to repair and upgrade the state's highways and local roads.

However, with the state's limited budget and high traffic volume, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will be enough to address the problem.

New Jersey's roads are widely regarded as some of the worst in the country and our listeners who have traveled extensively in other states would agree.

From heavy traffic and harsh winters to limited funding for maintenance, and population density, multitude of factors contribute to the state's poor road conditions.

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