If NJ & the NYC area are so great, how come the residents are so miserable? The reality is it isn't so great but there are jobs in this part of the country and as such, people move here or perhaps stay here out of economic necessity, not choice.
Then there is the superiority complex, if your from this part of the country, you are smarter, more cultured... There was this guy once from Austria who had similair ideas about superiority...
NJ takes the cake for classless, rude people. Even in the "affluent, well educated" areas (including the suburb with the "fancy" mall) you are surrounded by Neanderthals.
And the myth about the work ethic up here - thats a joke. Some of the folks do put in killer hours, not doubt, but the people I have worked with have put in maybe 65%-70% of the hours I worked when I lived elsewhere (don't give me the commuting excuse - it won't fly and don't tell me about snow days - where I came from, 12" of snow meant elementry school started an hour later).
As for the government workers - lazier than I have ever experienced. No pride or work ethic. 30 year UAW employees even put the NJ folks to shame.
Regarding NJ schools, everyone thinks they are so wonderful. I see national rankings and the best ones are not as good as the schools where I am originally from and the taxes here are 2-3 times greater.
By the way, what's with the fake breasts, tight shiny sweatsuits and the inability to communicate with words that have more than two syllables and no profanity? Based on what I have observed, females from NJ believe it is prestigious to present themselves as whores - I just don't get it.
NJ is Americas sewer and the people that respond to this statement emotionally (or more likely with violence - since that is all they know in this part of the world) have never been outside of their little domain.
Keep NJ for yourselves, I hope you never know what you are missing.