Saturday, November 17, 2007

Getting more NJ-ish Every Day

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.
You Are 61% New Jersey!

You've definitely got some Jersey in you. Congratulations, it's a great thing to be. However you're score could certainly be a lot higher!

How New Jersey Are You?
Make Your Own Quiz

5 comments:

Linda said...

I come out at 27%. "You are not New Jersey, based on this score. You're probably not from this great state. And if that is true, then you are missing out, my friend!"
The quiz is fun, but it makes more sense if you live in North Jersey and you adhere to the stereotype that Italian = Mafia.

However, I have only lived in NJ for 4 years. So a 27% rating is about right.

Anonymous said...

every candidate for office should have to take this test.

Linda said...

That's hooey.

I don't care if Corzine or Holt or whomever vacations "down the shore" or is Italian. I care what they think about the real issues.

Anonymous said...

I did not say that every candidate had to score well on the test. Just that they should have to take the test.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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