I moved to New Jersey in 1989, after a lifetime of living in New York. I chose to live in Flemington, and I love it here. When I first moved here, though, I was the quintessential New Yorker.
I was born in Brooklyn, went to high school there, and graduated from Brooklyn College. Not the typical background for someone living now in rural-ish New Jersey. I say rural-ish [rather than 'rural'], because my fellow local elected officials/policy makers who are Republican have done everything in their power to make sure that developers have their way with the land around Flemington---but that's another story.
I moved to Flemington in 1990, and my first experience was a memorable one.
I stopped in front of Higgins Newsstand to buy a newspaper. And as was the standard practice in New York, I doubled parked. Right behind me apeared a police officer, Sergeant Faber. He signaled for me to move my car.
"Officer, I am just running inside to get a newspaper, I will be right out," I said. He told me to take my time.
About three minutes later, I came out with the Star Ledger in hand, as Sergeant Faber was finishing writing me a ticket.
"I told you I was just going in to get a newspaper. You told me to take my time," I protested.
He handed me the ticket and admonished me, "Here is something else you can take your time to read. Don't double park."
Lesson learned: Flemington is not New York.
Anyway, I still feel like a New Yorker sometimes, although I feel like a New Jerseyean most of the time.
Lots in New York has changed since I left. The Interboro Parkway is now the Jackie Robinson Parkway. The Westside Highway is now the Joe DiMaggio Highway. And even the subway token has given way to Metro Cards. I was in New York last holiday season, and I did not know how to take the subway, given the Metro Card need. Is that sad, or what? What's next? Yankee Stadium is gonna be replaced, too?
So, I am now a proud New Jerseyean. Just how much of a New Jerseyean am I? About 61%, according to this quiz I took.
How 'New Jersey' are you? Take the quiz yourself, and see where you fit in to the Garden State.