The grassroots campaign that is standing up to uphold JerseyDoesntStink.com‘s good name –
She and her awesome hubby, Barry, were driving back towards their home in Brooklyn this past Sunday, after an enjoyable day of suburban shopping in the Garden State. (Tax-free clothing purchases in NJ, y’all…TAKE THAT, HATERS!) She noticed JerseyDoesntStink.com billboards dotting the NJ Turnpike somewhere around Newark Airport/Port Elizabeth (Which really, JerseyDoesntStink.com people, was a sh***y place to put that billboard up. Actually, it DOES stink there. Didn’t you know that the city of Elizabeth is affectionately referred to as the “armpit of New Jersey”?)
I decided to check it out. If a grassroots campaign devoted to praising NJ is taking out billboards on the Turnpike, they must have something to say. While the JerseyDoesntStink.com site does have major corporate sponsors, the site aims to be a sounding board for people to spread their love and pride about all things New Jersey. There’s a You Tube video gallery, a Facebook page, a regularly updated Twitter feed, and a lot of user-submitted content. You can register to JOIN THE FIGHT! (Which I promptly did…#7506 on the Jersey Pride list, thank you.)
There is also a section on the site devoted to putting down so-called Jersey Bashers. (Why is it that the 3rd smallest (or is it 4th or 5th?) state in the union gets so much hate??? )
And think of all the TV shows that have sprouted up…it started with The Sopranos, and its success beget (begat? what is the past tense?) a whole slew of show
celebrating parodying New Jersey: Jersey-licous, Jersey Couture, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and the behemoth of them all, MTV’s Jersey Shore.
Besides Cal-ee-forn-ee-a, I can’t think of another state that receives such glowing pride from its residents. Either that, or we as a state are having a major Sally Field moment…”YOU LIKE ME…YOU REALLY LIKE ME!!!”